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CTASLA Observes World Landscape Architecture Month

CTASLA celebrates WLAM

Hartford, CT –  World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) was celebrated in April.

World Landscape Architecture Month introduces the public to the profession by showcasing landscape architect-designed spaces around the world, such as parks, college campuses, greenways, streetscapes, and stunning backyards. Fifteen projects by 11 firms were recently selected winners of CTASLA’s 2018 Connecticut Professional Awards competition. 

To celebrate WLAM locally, the Connecticut Chapter of ASLA hung an extensive exhibit on 125 feet of wall space in the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The poster exhibit showcased the award-winning work of Connecticut landscape architects and explained the profession’s role in the built environment and stewardship of the land.

CTASLA also celebrated WLAM with a program on “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand,” a joint event with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Farrand (1872-1959) was a pioneering female landscape architect in early 20th-century America who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite.

She fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession and designed over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career. Her work can be experienced in Connecticut at such places as Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park (Waterford), Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington), Promisek (Bridgewater), and Yale University (New Haven).