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On Saturday I went to a terrific day of lectures on women in landscape architecture in the 20th century sponsored by the Lord & Schryver Garden Conservancy.  Speakers were:

Thaisa Way of University of Washington who has a new book out “Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape architecture in the early 20th century”

and Judith Tankard of Harvard whose new book “Beatrix Farrand.   Private Gardens, Public Landscapes” is one of seven Tankard has written on women landscape architects.

After lunch Salem’s own extraordinary gardener and champion of public gardens in Salem Gretchen Carnaby, spoke about Salem’s own women Landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver (both graduates of Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture) whose landmark practice was established in Salem in 1928.  A few years ago I took some rainy spring photos in the Lord and Schryver “home garden”, the garden they designed for their own house, and tended for many decades.  Here’s the oak allee

a view through the pergola toward the flower garden

and a view from the flower garden:

Sharon Rose and I are curating a show of the designs and drawings of Lord & Schryver which will open the summer of 2011 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, so this was the perfect moment to get in the garden mood!