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Exhibit: Gardens and Grounds by Three North Jersey Landscape Designers

Exhibit: Gardens and Grounds by Three North Jersey Landscape Designers
A new exhibit by the library's North Jersey History & Genealogy Center shows highlights from the Center’s collections of landscape designs by Brinley & Holbrook, Ethelbert Furlong, and Joan Shapiro Greentree. The exhibit will be on display in the F.M. Kirby Gallery, located on the library's second floor from April 4 through July 3, 2016.

John Brinley, of Brinley & Holbrook, redesigned the Morristown Green in 1909.  He began working as a landscape designer in 1885 and died in 1946. He designed the grounds of Florham (the Vanderbilt Mansion now home to Fairleigh Dickinson University) and other estates in northern New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. He worked with Frederick Law Olmsted on grounds for bigger companies and also designed landscapes for parks, schools, hospitals, prisons, asylums, churches, golf clubs, playgrounds, cemeteries, offices and government buildings throughout the Garden State.

We will also show examples of works by Ethelbert Furlong (1894-1993) who was influenced by the Japanese, and whose work includes a sculpture garden for MOMA, and West Orange's Pleasantdale Chateau.  Furlong also won an award from Lady Bird Johnson for the design of Capital Car grounds (in Maryland). 

Joan Shapiro Greentree (1929-2012) was a Boonton resident for about 25 years and the designer of New Jersey’s first recycling center in the 1960s.
 



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