Money, Manure & Maintenance: Ingredients for Successful Gardens of Marian Coffin, Pioneer Landscape Architect, 1876-1957
Marian Coffin was a pioneer woman landscape architect who received her formal training at MIT & established a professional practice in New York City in 1904. Voted a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1918, she received the coveted Gold Medal of the Architectural League of New York in 1930. Her role as landscape architect of the University of Delaware is especially significant in the history of American landscape design. Besides designing "on the land," Coffin painted watercolors & oils & successfully exhibited & sold her work. She wrote in a book, TREES & SHRUBS FOR LANDSCAPE EFFECTS, & more than seventy magazine articles about horticulture & design. Illustrations include 97 black & white photographs & plans of Coffin's work, which form an important historical record of eastern American gardens of the era, ranging from pre-income tax days through two world wars & the Great Depression to modern times. The principles of design illustrated in the photographs can be applied to garden design today. Described in detail are The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, Winterthur, the Henry Francis du Pont Gardens & Mt. Cuba, near Wilmington, Delaware.
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