Italian Garden Design in America

Italian Garden Design in America: Edith Wharton's Influence

Speaker:  Dr. Christina Carbone, Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Louisville

Sunday September 15, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Whitehall Historic House & Gardens
3006 Lexington Rd.

Fee $12.00, Reservations not Required

For more information contact Denise Peterson at 502-889-0086

Join the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association for an exploration of Italian garden design in America.

Dr. Cristina Carbone will identify design elements often attributed to English gardens that actually have their most developed manifestation in Italy and the classical world.  These gardens were closely studied by America's Gilded Age leisure class while making The Grand Tour of Europe.

Perhaps the most well known of the garden-travel writers of the era was Edith Wharton.  Ideas brought home found expression in the gardens of Wharton's The Mount and Whitehall. Her garden design manuals were widely read and continue to be to this day.

Dr. Carbone's talk will be illustrated by just released, Library of Congress, color lantern slides from 1895-1935, taken by renowned photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston as well as early photos from Whitehall's archive.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation, followed by a tour of  Whitehall's Italian garden led by Dr. Carbone.