FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GARDEN EDUCATION CENTER of GREENWICH
Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens
Carolyn Seebohm, author and Curtice Taylor, photographer – Co-presenters
When: Thursday March 10, 2016
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Garden Education Center of Greenwich
130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, Ct
Cost: $35.00 members; $45.00 members
Landscape Architecture CEU credits available
Author and biographer, Carolyn Seebohm and world reknowned photographer and educator, Curtice Taylor have joined forces to produce Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens.
Their work together uncovers gardens from simple 18th- and early 19th-century gardens to the lavish estates of the Gilded Age, the gardens started by 1930s inmates at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay to the centuries-old camellias at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina—Rescuing Eden celebrates the history of garden design in the United States, with 28 examples that have been saved by ardent conservationists and generous private owners, and opened to the public.
The surviving gardens Carolyn and Curtis will speak about were selected for the drama of their original creation and rescue and for their historical and horticultural importance. Ranging from wonderful to woebegone, each has its own character, and each has been brought back from the brink through a combination of imagination and tenacity. Discover The Kampong in Miami, Florida, planted with hundreds of tropical rarities from Southeast Asia by legendary plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild; Barnsley Gardens in Georgia, one of the few antebellum gardens surviving in the South, planted with 200 varieties of roses; the Lynchburg, Virginia garden created by Harlem Renaissance poet and civil rights activist Anne Spencer; the eccentric Ladew Topiary Gardens, with 15 garden rooms and a topiary foxhunt; the Belle Epoque grandeur of the Untermyer Garden in Yonkers, New York; and many others across the country, in Kentucky, Texas, Michigan, Maine, Rhode Island, and California. Each garden has been specially photographed by noted landscape and garden photographer Curtice Taylor, and introduced with authoritative and engaging text from design historian Caroline Seebohm, encouraging readers to appreciate the landscapes that serve not only as windows on American history, but living, flourishing pleasure grounds for botanists, horticulturalists, and nature lovers throughout the United States.
Carolyn Seebohm is a freelance writer, author of 5 biographies, 2 novels, 8 illustrated books, articles in the New York Times, The New Statesman (UK), House & Garden (UK), Vogue, Garden Design, Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, and others.
Curtice Taylor has been a photographer and educator since the early 1980’s. His editorial garden photographs have appeared in every major shelter magazine in the US and UK as well as in many books. Curtice has won awards and been in the annuals of Communication Arts, Popular Photography, American Photography, Society of Illustrators, Art Direction Magazine, National Calendar award etc.
To register for this program, please visit www.GECGreenwich.org or call 203-869-9242
The GEC is a volunteer educational non-profit organization committed to enhancing the appreciation and enjoyment of nature through horticulture, conservation and the arts.