American Society of Landscape Architects

  2004 ASLA Professional Awards

Communications Award of Honor

Gardens and Historic Plans of the Antebellum South
James R. Cothran, FASLA, Atlanta, GA

A much needed and very welcome scholarly contribution… Lovely, informative, well organized and a pleasure to look at and to enter deeply into its pages… Richly presented book with excellent photographs…courts a wide audience… This comprehensive book is a very valuable contribution because it provides important historic survey and archival accounts of historic landscapes. The author does a very effective job of weaving travel accounts with overall design considerations as well as specific horticultural information. Richly illustrated with high quality photographs.
           2004 Professional Awards Jury Comments

This volume features botanical prints, lithographs, garden plans, historic photographs, and contemporary photography revealing the rich garden history of the Antebellum South. A pictorial splendor as well as a treasure trove of cultural history, this volume is unique in its field. The publication is directed at garden historians, preservationists, landscape architects, plants enthusiasts, gardeners, and individuals interested in the history of the South who wish to experience the glorious gardens that flourished in the region from 1820 through 1860.


Front cover - The Jenkins Mikell House and Garden - Charleston, SC. Built in 1853 by I. Jenkins Mikell, a wealth cotton planter, the Jenkins Mikell House represents one of Charleston's finest antebellum town houses. (Photo: James R. Cothran)

Back Cover - Professional endorsements. (Photo: James R. Cothran)

Oak Alley Plantation and its imposing avenue of live oak trees. The image is accompanied by travel accounts of river plantations located along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Alan Nyiri)

Visual images of both decorative and functional fences. A variety of fences were employed during the antebellum period in gardens and landscapes. (Photo Top: Courtesy of The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia. Photo Bottom: Courtesy of Rod Smith)

Plans of parterre gardens - Savannah, Georgia. The illustration shows plans for several parterre gardens developed in Savannah during the antebellum era. (Drawing: Based on the original drawings by Clermont Lee, Savanah, Georgia)

319-6 Valley View House and Garden - Bartow County, Georgia. Gardens of the antebellum South were generally formal in nature, featuring a variety of geometric patterns. (Photo: James R. Cothran. Drawings: Thorton Mayre, Courtesy of Georgia Department of Archives and History)

Rosedown Plantation -Francisville St Francisville, Louisiana - Garden view and overall house and garden plan. (Photo: James R. Cothran)

Bois de Fl¦che - St. Martins Parish, Louisiana. The illustration shows a typical plantation layout with an orchard and kitchen garden. (Courtesy Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana)

Azalea indica - An exotic plant introduced from China into the American South during the antebellum period, Azalea indica was frequently grown in gardens of the lower South. (Photo: James R. Cothran)

Calycanthus florida - Native to the southern United States, calycanthus florida was frequently employed as an ornamental in antebellum gardens. (Photo: James R. Cothran)


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