I love to read old garden magazines. You learn a lot about the growth of…
A while back I attended the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in New York. We saw many gardens that impressed us and heard lectures that inspired us.
In one lecture the speaker made this comment: “People in New Orleans wanted an English style garden.” I do not remember much of the context but it was in a contemporary setting where homeowners wanted that kind of landscape.
I came across this quote from that meeting recently and what struck me was that New Orleans gardeners preferred the same kind of garden in the nineteenth century.
Here is the cover of the 1899 catalog from the Steckler Seed Company which was located in New Orleans on Gravier Street. [below]Notice the cover garden design includes a lawn, a curved pathway to the house, a circular flowerbed on the lawn, and trees to line the properly. By the end of the nineteenth century these elements made up the classic English garden design.
So even though the Steckler Company owner Ms. Frotscher knew French garden design and probably Spanish, Dutch and Italian as well, she preferred to encourage the English garden style on her catalog cover.
Today there still remains this preference in New Orleans for the English garden.