The Architecture of Landscape: A Tour of The Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Speaker: Jeffrey Allen, ASLA, Winston-Salem, NC and staff from the Duke Gardens including the following: Jan Little, Director of Education and Public Programs; Robert Mottern, Director of Horticulture; and Michael S. Owens, Director of Historic Gardens.

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
The Sarah P. Duke Gardens were launched during the great depression. Challenges wrought by climate and soil thwarted early efforts by young botanists to establish beds of irises, daffodils, and other bulbs. The founder’s daughter, Mary Biddle Duke, aided by Dr. Frederick Hanes, secured the services of Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) to design the Terraces, the oldest section of the garden today. Shipman, a landscape designer and part of the renowned Cornish Colony of Artists worked regularly with architect Charles Platt. She completed nearly 400 projects in her lifetime. This tour will explore the Terraces and the work of Ellen Biddle Shipman as well as other areas in the gardens. Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and plan for varied and cold weather. If the weather is inclement, a lecture will be substituted for the tour.

Learning Objectives
Discuss the design and development of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Explain the application of historic Italian terraced garden design that Ellen Biddle Shipman employed in the setting here. List some of the most important plant materials and architectural materials and methods used to build the architecture of this important historic created landscape. Apply lessons learned from the maintenance practices for this historic garden collection.