Connie Webster to Discuss Influence of Andre Le Notre

 Madison, NJ (September 30, 2009) — A program, “Beyond Versailles: The Influence of Andre Le Notre in Europe and America,” will be presented by Connie Webster, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), on Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Connie Webster is Professor Emerita of Landscape Architecture at Cook College, Rutgers University and a partner in the firm Webster Associates.

The public is invited to attend this lecture, followed by a reception, and sponsored by Friends of Florham. Admission is $25 at the door. There is no reserved seating.

Connie Webster will talk about the classical gardens of Andre Le Notre, Louis XIV's landscape architect.  Among the notable gardens and parks designed by Le Notre are Versailles, Chantilly, Chateau Fontainebleau in France, Het Loo in The Netherlands, The Hampton Court Palace in England, Belvedere Palace and Schonbrunn Palace in Austria, and La Granja in Spain, all of which will be highlighted during the presentation. These gardens and others designed by Le Notre set the tone for urban design among the royal families of Europe.

American examples in Colonial America, the Pierre l’Enfant Plan for Washington, DC (1791), and the gardens of the Gilded Age were also inspired by this period.  Professor Webster will conclude with some recent photos and commentary on the gardens of Florham as influenced by the European tradition of formal gardens.

Connie Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in French degree and a Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia. A registered landscape architect in New Jersey, she is past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites.

Professor Webster’s research interests include French garden history, the French influence on American landscape design and New Jersey garden history. She has lectured widely throughout the state and nation on various topics relating to landscape and garden history, and her articles have appeared in scholarly journals both here and abroad.

She is recipient of a State of New Jersey Historic Exhibition Preservation Award and a Chapter Award from NJALA for  “Gardens of the Garden State: an Exhibition and Catalog.” At Rutgers, she taught design studios, the history of landscape architecture and seminars on European garden history.  She participated in the Rutgers Summer Abroad Program in Urbino, Italy; Konstanz, German; Tours, France, and Salamanca, Spain.

Friends of Florham is an organization of committed and enthusiastic area residents whose goal is to assist the University in preserving and restoring the historically important buildings and grounds of the College at Florham. This group sponsors lectures on historic landscape design, architecture and an ongoing restoration of Florham’s period buildings, gardens and grounds.

For more information on the October 18 event, call 201-692-7008.

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