How Landscape Architecture Came to the Curriculum’s Forefront

The landscape architect Stephen Child, who was on the Lowthorpe faculty in 1905, helped Mrs. Low to consolidate and focus the school curriculum. She credits him in her scrapbook. At the time, the new field of landscape architecture was fast-growing.  The booming US economy meant that many wealthy people were building country estates.  These properties…

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The Rock Garden at Smith College Botanic Garden

Smith College Botanic Garden. Photo by Priscilla Hutt Williams.  One of the first American rock gardens was created in 1897 at Smith College.  It is still well-maintained today.  This garden is not intended to recreate an alpine scene, as it includes a shaded area.  Summer heat and humidity in Northampton, Massachusetts precludes the growing of…

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Village Hill Nursery Partner: A Post-Lowthorpe Career

Dorthea Wallace ‘29 became a business partner in a western Massachusetts nursery called Village Hill, located in the small town of Williamsburg.  The property included an 18th-century farmhouse and 29 acres of land. Surviving plant lists paint a portrait of busy propagation and sales activity. Perennials, rock garden plants, herbs, annuals, and bulbs are on the…

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