Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The tale of the Oxford Orphanage flower

The Human Flower Project might be one of the most interesting websites I have come across in a long time. On Monday, I was alerted to a recent post. The author, horticulturalist Allen Bush, had written about a particular flower given to him by Elizabeth Lawrence after a visit to her Charlotte garden in 1982. It was something called the Oxford Orphanage flower.

Lawrence is considered one of the best American garden writers of the 20th century. She was the first female graduate of North Carolina State's landscape architecture program in 1932 and her book A Southern Garden, published in 1942, is considered a masterpiece. Saying that Elizabeth Lawrence was a well regarded garden designer/writer is like saying Bruce Springsteen is a a well regarded singer/song writer- it's not quite enough. And a visit to her garden was a big deal for anyone- especially a plantsman like Allen Bush whose trip occurred only a few years before she passed away.

Read his remembrance here: http://www.humanflowerproject.com/index.php/weblog/elizabeth_lawrence_past_passalong_future/

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