Monthly Archives: March 2011

Formal Garden: axes

“No phase of designing adds more to the charm of small properties and to the illusion of space than the skillful use of perspective.  Perspective is a broad and more or less technical term, which for our purposes can be … Continue reading

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restoration or design?

Did Annette Hoyt Flanders design the Morven gardens, or restore them?  This has been an ongoing question in my research, and the answer largely depends on historic perspective.  Many of the “restoration” projects undertaken by Arthur Shurcliff and Alden Hopkin … Continue reading

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definitions: formal garden and cutting garden

My research on the Morven gardens focuses on the formal garden and cutting garden, designed by Annette Hoyt Flanders in 1930.  Because designers, theorists, historians, gardeners, etc might all use these terms differently, I would like to explain how I … Continue reading

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Spring at Morven

We had a warm February and the bulbs are coming up at Morven.  I had a very productive site visit today – look for a few longer updates over the next few days!

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