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Lecture / Discussion  |  Graycliff Roundtable: Gardens in the Early 20th Century

Presented by Graycliff and the Burchfield Penney

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7–9 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

On Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. will present three of the foremost experts on garden and landscape design of the early 20th century in a roundtable at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. The discussion will be wide-ranging, and cover both the “big-picture” such as trends during the early part of the century, to more specific topics such as developments in design/layout and the historic plant materials used to create certain effects—many of which are still in vogue today.

Appearing that evening will be: Patricia O’Donnell, Pradnya Martz and Laura Burchfield.  They will be introduced by moderator Terrence Robinson.

Since 1987, Patricia M. O’Donnell has been the principal and founder of Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners. She has completed more than 450 cultural landscape preservation and sustainability projects with attention to historic character, community engagement, sustainability, environmental quality, handicapped access, education, and interpretation. Her extensive resume includes sixty six professional awards,  including those from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and its separate chapters in Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Vermont; the Virginia Historic Preservation Award; the New York State Preservation League; Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Preservation, among many others.  Ms. O’Donnell has a Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Pradnya Martz has served as the curator for the Weltzheimer-Johnson House  in Oberlin, Ohio since 1998.  The house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as its landscape, were the subject of an article by Martz on the subject that appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of SaveWright, published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. B. Arch. She received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The co-author of American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles, Laura L. Burchfield (no relation to Charles Burchfield) teaches residential design, plant selection, and landscape management at The Ohio State University. She has Masters’ degrees in both landscape architecture and horticulture from The Ohio State University and lectures and writes on many aspects of horticulture and landscape design.

The roundtable will touch on such subjects as the variety of design and plant materials in early 20th century gardens in the United States; the landscape designs of Frank Lloyd Wright during this period; and increased mobility in the United States during the early 20th century, and its impact on gardens and landscapes.

This roundtable is made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York  State Legislature; the County of Erie, County Executive Mark Polancarz and the Erie County Legislature; and the Baird Foundation.

Admission:  $10; $5 for Graycliff and Burchfield Penney members.