The public is invited "to view a small piece of the world as it was
seen through the eyes of Amy Cogswell—one of the first female landscape
architects in the United States and designer of the Colonial Revival
Garden at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum," in Wethersfield according to a release.
The museum's Colonial Revival Garden will be one of 14 historic gardens highlighted for
Connecticut Historic Gardens Day from noon to 4 p.m. June 22, the release said..
"Professionally designed gardens were uncommon in the early 20th
century, and female landscape architects extremely rare in a field that
was traditionally dominated by men," the release said. "Cogswell attended the first
American institution for women studying in her field, the Lowthorpe
School of Landscape Architecture, Gardening, and Horticulture for Women,
in Groton, Massachusetts.
"She graduated in 1916 and served as the
school’s headmistress from 1916 – 1923. When hired by the Connecticut
Society of Colonial Dames, in 1919, Cogswell’s plans for the Webb
House’s gem of a garden included classical elements, quaint arbors, and a
wide assortment of the 'old fashioned' flowers that were popular in the
Museum garden guides will give free
tours of the garden, discuss Cogswell’s vision for the space, answer
questions, and hold a drawing for a door prize of "the lovely 2014 CT
Historic Gardens Day poster," the release said. Refreshments will be served on the Webb
House porch; optional WDS Museum house tours will be offered at a
discount for the day, the release said.
Labels: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield