Thursday 26 July 2012

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Ground breaking at the Garden Center, a city park where the botanical garden is today. Image from MBGarden
I just love this picture from 1962 which shows the good ladies of Miami (its never too hot to wear a fur stole!) undertaking the 'groundbreaking' for what would become the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

New & Free: The Getty Research Portal™

Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architetti (Florence, 1550), title page, Giorgio Vasari. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B1482.  View in Portal
For us garden historians, and for that matter, art historians generally, here is a great new and FREE resource.  The Getty Research Portal™is, to quote the homepage, ' an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.'

And dont forget that the Biodiversity Heritage Library also has a huge resource of books and periodicals to download, also for FREE.

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Pretty Walled Gardens

I am a big fan of walled gardens (if anyone has one they don't want, just let me know) and Nanette Watson on her blog Houses with History has posted Walled Gardens which has some very attractive photos of different uses of walled gardens.

Please Sign the Petition and help...

Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

California Garden & Landscape History Society Annual Conference

The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek
The California Garden & Landscape History Society will hold its Annual Conference on September 8 & 9 in Sonoma, CA.  The subject is Plants, Passion, and Propagation  and more information will be available here.

Friday 20 July 2012

Landscape History of Herefordshire

The Society for Landscape Studies, which also annually publishes the excellent journal Landscape History, is holding a day meeting in Hereford Town Hall on 22 September to 'consider new and exciting research by archaeologists, geographers, historians and other scholars on the landscape history of Herefordshire from Early Prehistory to the Twentieth Century.'  The Programme features 10 lectures, the cost for the day (excluding lunch) is £10 and there is a booking form on the Programme link.

Monday 16 July 2012

More on Lord & Schryver

Following up on my post last week about the restoration of the garden at the Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, OR., the Statesman Journal also reports that volunteers are giving a facelift to another garden designed by Lord and Schryver at what is now the Bush Barn Art Center.

Conservation of British public parks

The Garden History Society is asking for help with a survey about the conservation of British public parks.  Please help out by visiting this link and take a minute to fill in the national online survey.

Many thanks!

Job Opportunity: Historic Garden Manager

The Hermitage in Nashville Tennessee, the National Historic Landmark home of President Andrew Jackson is seeking a Historic Garden Manager to care for the historic one-acre Hermitage Garden, demonstration crops, and all other formal planting beds.  More information and application procedure here

Thursday 12 July 2012

Congratulations to Mary Hughes, FASLA

Awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Mary Hughes is the 2012 LaGasse Medal Recipient (Landscape Architecture) for her contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes.

Help Needed in Historic Walled Garden in Abergavenny

The Friends of Gardd-y-Bryn have been working to restore the walled garden (image viewable here) at the former Hill Campus, which the further education college, Coleg Gwent closed in 2010. 

The volunteers are trying to keep the garden in fit state at least until a sale of the property has been agreed.  And they are in need of more helping hands.

If you or anyone you know would be willing to help, please email Irena Morgan.

Wednesday 11 July 2012

Conservation of the Historic Deepwood Garden

The Home Garden. Image Lord & Schryver Conservancy

The Statesman Journal reports a good news story concerning the Historic Deepwood Estate.  Located in Bush’s Pasture Park, Salem in Oregon the 4-acre garden was designed for Alice Brownby by Edith Lord (1887-1976) and Elizabeth Schryver (1901-1984) from 1930.

Lord & Schreyver.  Image Lord & Schryver Conservancy
To quote the NWDA website which offers a guide to the Lord-Schryver architectural record 1929-1970:

'Elizabeth Lord was born November 12, 1887, daughter of William Paine Lord and Juliette Montague Lord. Her father was a former Oregon governor and U. S. diplomat and her mother, who was involved in many civic activities, is credited with establishing the Salem Floral Society (now Salem Garden Club), the first garden club in Oregon. Lord received her education in various Oregon public school as well as Buenos Aires, where William Lord held a diplomatic post. Her mother’s devotion to gardening and extensive travels to view the renowned gardens of the Orient, Europe, and South America influenced Lord’s decision to make gardening a profession. She entered Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture, located in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1926.'

Image Lord & Schryver Conservancy
 'Edith Schryver, known to her friends as Nina, was born March 20, 1901, in Kingston, New York. Her parents, George J. Schryver and Eleanor Young Schryver, were of Dutch descent. Pursuing her early interest in gardening, Schryver attended Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture during summers before completing high school. She studied general art for one year at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. In 1920 she enrolled full time at Lowthorpe while working part time in the Boston offices of Harold Hill Blossom, Elizabeth Pattee, and Elizabeth Leonard Strang, all landscape architects. The summer of 1922 was spent in the Cornish, New Hampshire offices of Ellen Shipman, a prominent New York landscape architects, as part of her scholarship. Upon graduation from Lowthorpe School, Schryver spent the next five years in Ellen Shipman’s prestigious New York firm.'

In 1929 the two women founded the firm Lord-Schryver in what has been called 'one of the milestones in the history of Northwest garden design' with Lord focusing on the plant plans to complement Schryver's garden layouts.  From a British perspective I would say their design ethos could be described as Arts and Crafts meets Colonial - further comments welcome!

Plan of the Deepwood garden.
                         1. Entry garden              2. North and east 
                                                                 foundation plantings
                         3. Great room                4. Spring garden
                         5. Running brick walk     6. Tea house garden
                         7. Fern bank                  8. Fern bank stairs
                         9. Lower terrace            10. Scroll Garden
                        11. Lower walk              12. Lawn bank
                        13. Shade Garden          14. Secret Garden
                        15. Tennis court             16. Carriage house entry

A copy of the 2012 Historic Deepwood Preservation Project Report can be downloaded from the 'click here' link at the  top on this page.

A Request for Help

Can anyone help me?  I am trying to find original copies of 19th and 20th century nursery catalogues from the Veitch nurseries: James Veitch & Son in London and Robert Veitch & Son in Exeter.

Also any family / business papers that have survived.

Many thanks!

Garden Archaeology: In Folkstone? Get Involved!

A Town Unearthed: Folkestone Before 1500 is, according to their website 'a 3 year community archaeology project that is working with the community to research and record the rich archaeological heritage and early history of Folkestone.'

One of their latest projects is a project in Folkestone’s Bayle or East Cliff areas and there is a call going out to reidents who would like to get involved and have a test pit dug in their garden.  Who knows?  You may have a Roman villa or its garden under your lawn.  For more information visit Revealing the history of….your own garden!

Tuesday 10 July 2012

History Inspires at Hampton Court Palace

The Garden of the Beasts
One of the innovative features that Henry VIII introduced into his garden at Hampton Court Palace and which were one of several totems of Henrecian 'power gardening' were King's Beasts.
King's Beasts
King's Beasts were wood-carved heraldic devices and coats of arms atop wooden poles painted the Tudor colours of green and white and positioned within the garden to demonstrate the king's power and right to rule.  The originals have long since vanished, but replica King's Beasts are once again to be found in the Chapel Court.

King's Beasts also provided inspiration for 'The Garden of the Beasts', a design collaboration by Davies White Landscape Architects for a new £1.5 million children's garden at Hampton Court Place.

John Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia

The formal façade of the house that faces the gardens was added between 1758 and 1770.
A nice post on Carolyn's Shade Gardens featuring a bunch of photographs of John Bartrams house and gardens together with a brief summary of his life and works.