June 15

Copshaholm Gardens – Spring

Posted by lori . 12 Comments

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Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

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I volunteer at the Center for History and give tours at Copshaholm (The Oliver Mansion).

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Copshaholm’s gardens are the perfect place for an Artist Date.

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This year, I’m going to document four Artist Dates in the Copshaholm gardens…one for every season.  In March, I posted about my Winter Artist Date.

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The centerpiece of the grounds is the sunken garden which is representative of Edwardian period gardens with their rigid formality in overall design and the use of classical design elements.

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Alice E. Neale was hired to plan the original garden design. Neale’s design was informed by Charles Adams Platt’s 1894 book Italian Gardens which had a major influence on American garden design.

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Platt’s influence can be seen in the abundance of classical elements found in the Italianate gardens which sprung up across the country in the early 1900s.

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At Copshaholm, the pergola, the jardinières which grace the garden steps, the fountain, the well and the sundial are all classical element.

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The meticulous design for each planting bed and the limited number of plant varieties used reflected the discipline, reserve, understatement and clarity of structure that were hallmarks of Edwardian gardens.

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The Center for History is built on the back of the Oliver property, and the spirit of beautiful garden design continues.

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The Copshaholm gardens are one of my favorite places for an Artist Date.

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