The Midcentury Modern Landscape with Ethne Clarke

The speaker, Ethne Clarke.
The speaker, Ethne Clarke.

Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
Brought to you in part by members like you. Thank you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Location, New Date and New Time!
Kansas City Public Library
Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

 

Midcentury Modern homes add distinctive lines and angles to the neighborhoods of Kansas City and its suburbs. The gardens designed to complement the houses blurred the line between indoors and outdoors, creating gardens for living.

The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.
The cover of the book, The Midcentury Modern Landscape.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is the title of Ethne Clarke’s newest book and also the title of the program she plans to present when in April she returns to Kansas City.

“The Midcentury Modern Landscape” is a fresh guide for gardeners and garden designers seeking bold approaches to redefine outdoor spaces or people wishing to learn about the history of Midcentury Modern aesthetics.

The Midcentury Modern period is 1940-70. Ethne’s book documents the transformation of Modernism to Midcentury Modern, the impact of World War II, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence, the spread of Bauhaus architecture on the East Coast, post-war suburbs and the rise of West Coast ranch-style living.

Ethne greeted Gardeners Connect audiences in 2011 when she presented a program at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on “The Making of Hidcote,” which was based on her books on the famous English garden created by American expatriate Lawrence Johnston, and the Italian gardens of Cecil Pinsent.

The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.
The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library as viewed from Brush Creek. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

She is author of 16 garden-related books on practical gardening, design and landscape history. Some of the titles of her other books are “Herb Garden Design,” “English Cottage Gardens,” “The Art of the Kitchen Garden” and “The Gardens of Tuscany.”

Ethne is the former editor of “Organic Gardening” magazine, former garden editor of “Traditional Home” and contributing editor for “House & Garden.”

She researched architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado, a small Midcentury Modern ranch built in 1958.

 

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