Wednesday, March 4 – Isabella’s Gift, The Story of Larz Anderson Park

Mary Dewart chronicles the story of a prominent New England landscape, a turn-of-the-century creation by a visionary couple, Larz and Isabella Anderson. Their estate in Brookline, Massachusetts became Isabella’s gift to the town in 1948. Like many large estates across the country after W.W.II, Larz Anderson Park and its celebrated, world-class gardens underwent a period of dramatic decline. These changes have been followed in recent years by an emerging respect for historic landscapes and a call for renewal. An accompanying slide show illuminates the details of both the history and design of this once famous estate. We all are familiar with Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, but not many of us know that Larz’s wife Isabella was the moving force behind the magnificent landscape which was almost lost to development pressures in the twentieth century. Ms. Dewart, who spoke to our Club last season to much acclaim, will detail the preservation story of this fabulous garden. Mary Dewart has owned her design/build practice for over fifteen years. A certified landscape designer, Mary serves clients throughout New England. She works to integrate beauty and inspiration with practicality in the landscape. A traveler and teacher, she helps clients envision the possibilities of their sites. An optional lunch with our speaker will follow the meeting. 10:00 am, The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Lunch $19.  For more information, contact The Garden Club of the Back Bay.