Friday, June 13, 2014

Check out the Colonial Revival Garden at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

 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 early 1900s."
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.
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