Friday Morning Lecture Series presents:
"Gardens by Design: in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden"
presented by Oliver Chamberlain
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 a.m.
in the Library's McCarthy Meeting Room
Harold Caparn was the designer of beautiful
gardens at the famed Brooklyn Botanic Garden for over thirty years. As
an independent landscape architect, he worked in close cooperation with
the Olmsted Brothers. While they designed the overall plan for the Garden
beginning in 1910, Caparn designed the individual gardens starting in
the next year. Drawing on plans and photographs from his recently published
book, Landscapes and Writings of Harold Caparn, author Oliver
Chamberlain will present background information on the gardens and some
of the design problems solved by Caparn. He will look closely at the Cranford
Rose Garden, the Magnolia Plaza, the Osborne Garden and the Water Lily
Gardens. Some of Caparn’s design ideas, from his writings and landscapes,
may be applied to your own gardens.
Oliver Chamberlain was for ten years Executive
Director of the Center for the Arts at the University of Massachusetts
Lowell. His interest in gardens began as a child on the Lessing J. Rosenwald
estate in Jenkintown, PA, where his father was estate gardener. The family
next moved to the Jersey Shore where his father established a retail and
wholesale florist business. Oliver learned the business working in the
field and in the shop.
Oliver later earned graduate degrees from American
University (D.C.), Brandeis University and New England Conservatory. This was followed by 18 years of teaching and administration at Bowling Green (OH) State University before coming to UMass Lowell.
He has designed his own property in Chelmsford drawing on ideas
of Caparn. His background in gardens, music and historical research have
been useful in writing the book on Caparn, an amateur musician as well
as landscape architect.
Osborne Garden, north entrance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This garden and the Tully rose garden seen in the Biography of Harold Caparn will be discussed and pictured in the talk.
Photo by Oliver Chamberlain.
of Harold Caparn,” www.tclf.org
This webpage gives an overall view of Caparn's training and family and
some of his works that will be discussed.
Gardens in The Brooklyn Botanic Garden. www.bbg.org
(go to Discover, Gardens & Collections)