Archives of American Gardens

Roger Foley Garden Photography Collection, 1978-2006


Collection ID:
Foley, Roger
Physical Description:
6.75 Cubic feet
5 record storage boxes
35mm slides, 120mm transparencies, photographs, magazine articles

Content Description

Content Description
The Roger Foley Garden Photography Collection contains thousands of 35mm slide, film transparency, and photographic images, dating from 1978 to 2006, of gardens, garden features, and flora photographed by garden photographer Roger Foley. The images document dozens of private and a few public gardens in the Mid-Atlantic region, New England, the Carolinas, and Texas. Many have appeared in articles and books highlighting a variety of garden topics. In some cases, Foley's work documents multiple examples of a landscape architect or garden designer's work. Roughly half of the collection is arranged according to specific garden, the other half by garden feature. Most images are identified with the garden owner and year photographed; some have fuller captions. Images documenting specific gardens are occasionally accompanied by related articles. The collection includes 'outtakes' or bracketed images that give insight into Foley's photo shooting process.


Joyce Connolly
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Roger Foley donated a portion of his garden image collection to the Archives of American Gardens in 2019.

Using the Collection

The bulk of the collection is comprised of 35mm slides and 120mm transparencies in excellent condition. There are also some photographs of plants and magazine articles in which Roger Foley's images appeared.
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Roger Foley Garden Photography Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Conditions Governing Use
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:

Archives of American Gardens
P.O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery West, Suite 3300, MRC 506
Washington, DC 20013-7012