A Democracy of Beauty for All: Highlights from the J. Horace McFarland Company Collection
As a supporter of the City Beautiful Movement, J. Horace McFarland was very interested in public parks and gardens, which beautified urban areas and provided residents with access to nature. As McFarland once stated, "Into the brick and concrete heart of the city the park brings a little of the primeval outdoors."
McFarland’s love of roses intersected with his interest in roses at Elizabeth Park. When Charles Pond, a wealthy businessman, bequeathed his estate to the City of Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1800s it became one of the first municipal rose gardens established in America.