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Ruth Mott's Point of View

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
1. Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker
Inscription.  
This bench marks Ruth Mott's favorite vantage point for looking out over the lower gardens. Sunny afternoons often found her here, enjoying the beauty of the rose garden below, smelling the lilacs in the spring, or recalling the many games of tennis played under one of the old bur oak trees.

A Poem
If you had been sitting here with Ruth gazing out at the garden in bloom, she may well have turned to you and recited one of her favorite poems:

All at once the thunder woke us,
Then the rains came down to soak us.
And, before the eye could focus,
Hocus-pocus! Crocus!

Smell the Roses
Today's rose garden, laid out in rectangles below, was originally Applewood's cut flower garden. Ruth planned a new garden in the late 1970s but kept the old layout of gravel walks and strips of grass around beds of roses, annuals, and perennials. The rose arbors were reconstructed in the 1980s.

Bur Oak Trees
The two large bur oak trees near the Rose Garden are two of only three trees remaining from a 1915 site survey list which was created when C.S. and Ethel
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
2. Left image
Ruth Mott with one of her own arrangements in Bermuda, 1940.
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Mott originally bought the property.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
 
Location. 43° 1.41′ N, 83° 40.396′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from Albert R. Horrigan Drive. Marker is on the Applewood Estate about 500 feet west of the east entrance to the estate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Terrace Reconstruction Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Fun and Games (within shouting distance of this marker); Renewing an Old Orchard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek (about 400 feet away); The Heart of the Farm (about 500 feet away); The Demonstration Garden (about 500 feet away); Applewood Estate (about 500 feet away); Gatehouse (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
3. Lower middle images
Historic rose arbors, above, about 1939.
1980s reconstruction drawing, left.
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
4. Middle right image
The remaining bur oak trees near the tennis court.
Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
5. Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker
Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
6. Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker
Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
7. Ruth Mott's Point of View Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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