W9863e TO MATT BROMAN from T.B. McQuesten's sister, Mary B. McQuesten
May 27 1942
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: Mary B. McQuesten, Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario.
May 27th 1942
Dear Mr Broman,1,2
Please accept the thanks of my sister and my self for those lovely columbines and gorgeous peonies, but above all for that uncommon orchid--I did not know there was one that color, and I would so much like to obtain a plant if possible, but only if the soil were suitable as I do not believe in uprooting any flower which will only die if transplanted to strange surroundings--I am enclosing soil from the only two places where the yellow; the expropedium bursidum and Maiden's Tresses seem to be doing well. We took some friends to see the Gardeners' School surroundings and they were simply amazed at the work which had been accomplished and the beauty if the beds of flowers, especially the Iceland poppies and columbines. The husband from four ladies a Mrs. John Williams of Toronto is a floral utility because of his garden so she going to try to get him to visit you this summer and see the wonders for himself that is of gasoline permits. This is the first time for some years when we were able to see the azalea and rhododendrons at their best, the azaleas were amazing, the rock gardens also fine. Again thanking you for your kindness.
Mary B. McQuesten
1 Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.
2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.053 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.