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Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (Hardback)
  • Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (Hardback)

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (Hardback)

Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 30/04/2018
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Between 1914 and 1950, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) designed more than 650 gardens, and her commissions spanned the United States, from Long Island's Gold Coast to the state of Washington. In high demand for her formal gardens and lush planting style, her elite clients included Fords, Rockefellers, Astors, and du Ponts. Shipman's imaginative approach merged elements from the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts movements with a distinctive ability to create sensual, secluded landscapes.

In Ellen Shipman and the American Garden author Judith B. Tankard describes Shipman's remarkable life and discusses fifty of her major works, including the Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron, Ohio; Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans; and Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University. Richly illustrated with plans and photographs, this expanded and revised edition reveals Shipman's ability to combine plants for dramatic impact and create spaces of the utmost intimacy. Tankard also examines Shipman's unusual life, including a childhood on the American frontier; years in the artists' colony of Cornish, New Hampshire; and her long association with artist and architect Charles Platt. Shipman was also notable for establishing a thriving New York City practice and acting as an advocate for women in the profession, as she trained several other successful designers in her all-female office.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820352084
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 267 x 210 mm

A serious, in-depth study of the foremost woman landscape architect of the first half of the twentieth century. . . . Fascinating, historic, and poignant.--Maxine Kumin "New York Times "
A text that carefully deploys the facts of Shipman's life along with descriptions of her projects and a great many beautifully reproduced photographs and plans. . . . Thorough and illuminating. . . . A handsome book, valuable not only to historians and garden designers, but also to every garden maker.--George Waters "Pacific Horticulture "
Tankard's text is concise and engaging.--William Lake Douglas "Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians "

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