Margarete “Greta” Mutter passed away on August ninth of 2022. The oldest of three children, she was born in 1932 in Germany to the late Maria and Wilhelm Lehnkering. She completed her undergraduate studies in Germany and France. She met her late husband, Dr. Arthur Mutter, while he was stationed in Germany, and she was working selling records at the PX. They were married in Germany, and then moved to the Boston area, where they raised their three children. Greta and Arthur were married for 53 years, until Arthur’s death.
After coming to this country, Greta pursued graduate work in German Literature at Boston University and Radcliffe, and was also a college instructor in German language. Passionate about gardening, Greta eventually studied Landscape Design at the Radcliffe Seminars and went on to design many beautiful gardens as part of her professional business. She and Arthur also created glorious gardens and meadows at their vacation home in Eaton, New Hampshire, where they were part of a close-knit community of friends. In addition to gardening, Greta was keenly interested in the arts, and was also an accomplished chef and pâtissier. Throughout her life, she had a flair for fashion and never left her home without looking absolutely fabulous. She enjoyed spending time with her four grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, Charlotte and Natalie, and was also devoted to her pug, Winnie, and to her two cats, Cleo and Phoebe.
Greta is survived by her children, Bettina Mutter and her husband David Atkins, Michael Mutter and his wife Catherine Spalding, and Jonathan Mutter; her brother Wilhelm Lehnkering and his wife, Erica, and her sister Sieglinde Lehnkering; her grandchildren Daniel and Charlotte Atkins, and Sarah and Natalie Mutter, all of whom will dearly miss her.
In accordance with Greta’s wishes, her children will hold a private service to honor her memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Native Plant Trust, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, 01701; native plant.org; an organization devoted to native plant conservation in New England and the home of Garden in the Woods.