Landscape & Horticultural Features
See Map 2 for the following:
A. Hosta garden and fountain garden
B. Perennial teaching garden
C. General nursery area
D. Rhododendron and azalea collection
E. “Henrietta Crosby” crabapples
F. Original rhododendron garden
G. Chamaecyparis evergreens
H. Lawn with specimen trees
I. New rhododendron garden
J. Suburban/urban tree display
K. Flowering spring fruit trees
L. Natural woodlands
N. Stone retaining wall
P. Large freestanding dry wall, dating to 1913
Q. Dirt road
R. Site of perennial garden
S. Tree collection grown to demonstrate pruning techniques
U. Open fields, formerly used for farming
V. Apple orchard
W. Farm Stand
X. Boulder that inspired the original name of the Case House (“Rocklawn”)
Map 1: Area Map
Map 2: Landscape & Horticultural Features
Kennedy, Donald G., “The Case Family Legacy to Weston,” Weston Historical Society Bulletin, Vol.XVIII, No.4, May, 1982
Howard, Richard A., “The Hillcrest Gardens,” Weston Historical Society Bulletin, Vol.XVIII, No.4, May, 1982. Article continued in October, 1982. Vol.XIX, No.1.
See also individual inventory forms for properties within the area.
The Hillcrest Gardens Books, 1911 to 1941 (also called the “green books,” these were the annual books published from 1912 to 1941 by Marian Case recording the year’s activities and including the papers written by the boys as part of their summer program.)
Case Estates files of the Arnold Arboretum. These include documents and letters from Marian Case, maps, plans for the cow barn and main barn, planting plans and records, photographs of the Hillcrest boys, newspaper and periodical articles, and copies of the “Green Books”
Plans for Case House, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Weston Public Schools
Middlesex Country Registry of Deeds (see individual MHC forms for deed research)
“Tom Park of the Case Estates: A Remembrance” by Richard A. Howard, plant Sciences, published by the Arnold Arboretum, 1981.
“Hillcrest Gardens, a land use proposal presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society,” (unpublished booklet), 1993.
“A Mystery Solved….and an Accident,” Weston Historical Society Bulletin, May, 1983, Vol.XIX, No.4. Cites newspaper article in 1882 about James Case house being destroyed by fire. The date of the fire has inaccurately been reported as 1876.