Interview with Walter "Bud" Crabtree, May 11, 2018

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: This is Chip Oakley and Bud Crabtree sitting down today talking about Boxwood Manor.

Segment Synopsis: Walter "Bud" Crabtree is introduced. He describes Boxwood Manor and its gardens.

Keywords: Boxwood Manor; Boxwood bushes; Boxwoods; Cushing family; Cushings; Fig trees; Flowers; Groundskeepers; Plant nurseries; Plants; Property

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:02:40 - The Cushing family

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Partial Transcript: Okay, it's Chip Oakley and Bud Crabtree talking about Boxwood Manor.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks about the Cushing family, who owned Boxwood Manor from the 1940s to the 1980s. He talks about the boxwoods and describes the garden parties that would be hosted at Boxwood Manor.

Keywords: 1940s; Boarding schools; Boxwood Manor; Boxwoods; Cushing family; Cushings; Excavation; Garden clubs; Garden parties; Groundskeepers; Herb gardens; Herbs; Imported; Iron veins

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:05:40 - Duties at Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: This is Chip Oakley and Bud Crabtree sitting today to sit to talk about Boxwood Manor.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree describes his duties as the head gardener and groundskeeper at Boxwood Manor. He talks about the various plants and trees he cared for, driving the children to school on occasion, and preparing for flower shows and parties.

Keywords: Awards; Boxwoods; Bushes; Cars; Cushing family; Cushings; Driving; Duties; Family; Fig trees; Figs; Flower shows; Garden parties; Grounds; Groundskeepers; Henry Clay estate; Herb gardens; Herbs; Hired; Inclusive; Innovative; Jobs; Mrs. Cushing; Oakley family; Oakleys; Property; Replanting; Schools; Transportation; Visitors; Work

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:11:55 - Changes at Boxwood Manor over his career

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Partial Transcript: --and, and we're back.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree discusses how Boxwood Manor changed throughout his time working there, especially the changes after the Oakleys became the new owners after the Cushings. He talks about an addition on the house and new gardening equipment.

Keywords: 1980s; Additions; Changes; Cushing family; Cushings; Delegating; Employees; Employers; Equipment; Grounds; Groundskeepers; Houses; Oakley family; Oakleys; Tractors

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:15:54 - Favorite parts of Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: Bud, tell me a little bit about what, you know, what was your favorite thing about what you did.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree discusses his favorite parts of Boxwood Manor, including the herb garden, the boxwoods, and the patio.

Keywords: Boxwoods; Cleaning; Experimentation; Favorites; Furniture; Groundskeepers; Herb gardens; Herbs; Marble; Mixing; Parties; Patios; Slate; Thyme; Trees

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:18:38 - Working for Mrs. Cushing

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Partial Transcript: This is Chip Oakley and Bud Crabtree sitting down to, uh, have a couple stories about Boxwood Manor, uh, when he was, uh, the head gardener.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree describes Mrs. Cushing and what it was like to work for her. He talks about having to shower before entering the house.

Keywords: Basements; Boxwoods; Cushing family; Cushings; Events; Gardening; Groundskeepers; Head gardeners; History; Lawns; Mowing; Mrs. Cushing; Particular; Showers; Trimming

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:21:10 - Kitchen addition and remodeling

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Partial Transcript: Um, so, let's see. What else?

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks about an addition that was built when the Oakleys took ownership of Boxwood Manor. He talks about finding a false wall and various Civil War memorabilia during the renovation.

Keywords: Additions; Butler's pantry; Civil War; False walls; Groundskeepers; Houses; Judy Oakley; Mrs. Oakley; Oakley family; Oakleys; Renovations

Subjects: Dwellings--Remodeling.; Dwellings.; Employment; Families.; Housing.; Kitchens--Remodeling.

00:23:24 - Sandstone and marble

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Partial Transcript: Bud, tell us a little bit about all the, uh, square sandstone blocks that make up all the terracing and the patios...

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks about the sandstone blocks at Boxwood Manor which came from Virginia and the marble which came from Georgia.

Keywords: Bridges; Civil War; Georgia; Groundskeepers; Judy Oakley; Marble; Oakley family; Oakleys; Quarries; Quarry; Square sandstone blocks; Virginia

Subjects: Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:24:49 - 1957 T-Bird / Mrs. Oakley's parties

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Partial Transcript: There was a couple interesting things when we first, uh, moved into, uh, Boxwood Manor.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks about a 1957 T-Bird which was once on the property. He describes the effort which Judy Oakley put into her parties, particularly her Christmas parties.

Keywords: 1957 Ford Thunderbird; Children; Christmas parties; Christmas trees; Cushing family; Cushings; Decorating; Dr. Oakley; Garages; Groundskeepers; Inner tubing; Invitation; Judy Oakley; Maurice Oakley; Mint condition; Oakley family; Oakleys; Parties; Schools; Snow; Tires; Visitors

Subjects: Employment; Families.; Gardeners.

00:28:03 - The boxwoods of Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: Bud, can you tell us a little bit about--I know you're really proud of the nursery of the boxwoods in the back of the house.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks about the boxwoods which gave Boxwood Manor its name.

Keywords: Boxwoods; Cloning; Cushing family; Cushings; English boxwoods; Groundskeepers; Oakley family; Oakleys; Parent plants; Plant nurseries; Planting; Replacements

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:29:28 - More on his duties at Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: This is Chip Oakley and, uh, Bud Crabtree sitting down today to talk a little bit about Boxwood Manor.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks more about his duties as head gardener and groundskeeper at Boxwood Manor.

Keywords: Additions; Awards; Boxwoods; Children; Colonial; Duties; Garages; Garden parties; Generations; Groundskeepers; Houses; Judy Oakley; Mrs. Oakley; Oakley family; Plant nurseries; Renovations; Schools; Vegetation

Subjects: Boxwood.; Dwellings--Remodeling.; Dwellings.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.; Housing.; Kitchens--Remodeling.

00:33:11 - More on his favorite parts of Boxwood Manor

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Partial Transcript: Bud, I have a q--a really good question for you.

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks more about his favorite parts of Boxwood Manor, including the herb garden, the boxwoods, and the patio.

Keywords: Boxwoods; Favorites; Furniture; Groundskeepers; Herb gardens; Herbs; Houses; Judy Oakley; Mrs. Oakley; Oakley family; Older; Patio tables; Patios; Slate; Terraces

Subjects: Boxwood.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.

00:35:09 - More on the kitchen addition and remodeling

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Partial Transcript: Bud, uh, talk to me about the experience that you had with, uh, Mom on the kitchen...

Segment Synopsis: Crabtree talks more about the addition that was built when the Oakleys took ownership of Boxwood Manor. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Additions; Dens; Expansions; Favorites; Groundskeepers; Hosting; Houses; Judy Oakley; Mrs. Oakley; Oakley family; Oakleys; Ovens; Patios; Renovations; Tile

Subjects: Boxwood.; Dwellings--Remodeling.; Dwellings.; Employment; Families.; Gardeners.; Gardens.; Housing.; Kitchens--Remodeling.