Learning from the Most Famous Landscapers in History
Landscaping has been around for many centuries and has captivated the imagination of citizens all over the world. You could say that it is an unofficial wonder of the world how people one hundred or even two hundred years ago could complete such beautiful works of art with simple tools. Today landscapers have different hand tools, power tools, and construction equipment to change a landscape. For has long has this profession has been around there are landscapers that stand out amongst their peers. One of the earliest landscape architects that became famous for his work is Andre Le Notre. He is a French landscaper who designed many parks in France and was made famous for designing the park of the Palace of Versailles. This was in the constructed in the late 1600’s when French architecture was at its height, and Mr. Notre was building up the reputation of the profession. His contribution to the planning of parks and the palace gardens reach all the way into the 21st century inspiring more to follow in his footsteps.
Across the channel in the 1700’s was a man commonly known as Capability Brown. He was an English gentleman that many believe had no rival. He had designed over 150 parks in England and many still remain. He has been dubbed the greatest English gardener, due to the fact that many of his pupils are over shadowed by his great works of art. Some of well-known gardens are the Blenheim Palace, Milton Abbey, and Croome Court. It is safe to say that he was a very sought after landscaper for the nobles and that his legacy has endured for over 300 years. This landscaper was a renowned gothic revivalist and father of American landscaping, though he lived a short life he made a major contribution to the American culture. Born in Newburgh, New York Mr. Andrew Downing started his career as a journalist and then found his passion of landscaping. His famous works include portions of the white house grounds, the national mall in D.C, and areas around the Smithsonian. His staples are still seen today in our nations wonderful capital.
A more modern landscaper that has made a name for him self was Lawrence Halprin. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York he is a modernist landscaper and contributes to the American school of Landscaping. He was big on landscaping cities to blend the uniqueness of the city and beautiful scenery of nature to enhance the essence of cities. One of his known works ar eth Lovejoy Fountain Park and another is Freeway park, both of which is in Oregon. Landscapers can be traced back to the early 17th century, but like all arts evolve and inspire new trains of thought.
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