About Groundbreakers

Between 1900 and 1930, a sophisticated and thriving garden culture evolved in the United States. Landscape architects completed significant public and private commissions, and magazines and newspapers promoted garden design and horticulture to a growing audience.

As fields associated with domestic life, landscape architecture and gardening offered diverse opportunities to women who entered the workforce during this period. This exhibition celebrates the achievements of some of the most prominent women in early 20th-century landscape design.

About the Designer of Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden

Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions, is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-style shows in the Haupt Conservatory.

About the Curator of Gardens for a Beautiful America: The Women Who Photographed Them

Sam Watters, curator of Gardens for a Beautiful America, is an architectural and landscape historian and author of Gardens for a Beautiful America: 1895–1935. He has published several books on American houses and gardens and was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times "Home" section from 2008–12.

Exhibitions in the Mertz Library are made possible by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Additional support has also been provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition has been made possible with support from The Kurt Berliner Foundation.