21st Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes
Gardening in a Golden Age
Gardening in a Golden Age
Southern Gardens & Landscapes
of the early 20th Century
and the Challenges to their Preservation
CONFERENCE BROCHURE (PDF)
About the conference:
Old Salem Museums & Gardens has served as the setting for the biennial Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes since the conference was founded in 1979.
The conference’s mission is to promote and discuss historical horticulture, garden history, and landscape restoration in the Southern states. The program presents topics of interest to the professional and layman alike and provides participants an opportunity to learn and share information about this field in the South.
“Gardening in a Golden Age”
with noted scholars
Sam Watters will present the Flora Ann Bynum Keynote Lecture:
“Picturing the American Garden: Photography and Restoration with Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1900-1930”
from his book Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Mr. Watters is an historian, educated in America and Europe, who writes about post-bellum houses and gardens. His next book will be on Richard Morris Hunt, architect of Biltmore and other landmarks, for Yale University Press, in association with the Library of Congress.
Conference Presenters include:
Virginia Grace Tuttle,
author of The Once & Future Gardener: Garden Writing from the Golden Age of Magazines, 1900-1940
Staci Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy,
authors of a forthcoming book on Historic Georgia Gardens, anticipated publication by the University of Georgia Press, 2018
Dreck Spurlock Wilson,
editor of African American Architects who will highlight the work of David Williston, the first professionally-trained African American landscape architect.
Winston-Salem’s “Golden Age”
Winston-Salem was the largest and wealthiest city in North Carolina in the 1910s and 1920s, and important landscape architects were commissioned to design estates, private gardens, residential lots, institutional grounds, and municipal parks in the Twin City.
Buckenham and Miller, Thomas W. Sears, Louis L. Miller, and Ellen Biddle Shipman are among the noted professional designers who left their mark in Winston-Salem. Lectures and a tour will explore this Golden Age.
postcard from 1940s ~ location Runnymede Park
“The Municipal Iris Garden contains 20,000 plants, of 525 varieties. The blossoms range from pure white to deep purple, gold, and dark red and are at their best during May. Weeping willows and rustic bridges add to the beauty of the rolling parkway.”
Camilla Wilcox, Landscape Historian, will speak on the foundations of 20th century landscape design in Winston-Salem.
Laura Phillips, Architectural Historian, will present the local commissions of Ellen Biddle Shipman.
An afternoon tour will explore the city’s Golden Age, guided by:
Heather Fearnbach, Architectural Historian
Sherold Hollingsworth, Garden Designer
Margaret Supplee Smith, PhD, Harold W. Tribble Professor Emerita, Wake Forest University