Current times (1900's+)

The arts and crafts movement was a backlash to the industrial revolution.   A return to handmade,  and respect for artisanship also extended to the garden.  The arts and crafts garden combines architecturally integrated, geometric extension of the house, the extensive use of garden rooms, and exuberant, lush plantings. The most lasting legacy of this movement has been the popular herbaceous border which I think of as an entire meadow of flowers condensed into a strip a few feet wide.  The result is spectacular.

In the 1940's, we see the modernist garden emerge.  Here blocks of color complement simpler architecture.

In the 1970's greater awareness of the environment and appreciation for the native plant fueled the prairie  garden.


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Check out posts related to garden styles inspired by this period.  Note that many will have been built in recent times.