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Victorian Society event

Just as I was about to look up the local Victorian Society, I get this email in my inbox. What timing! They are talking about Victorian gardens next Monday. And guess who will be there? What a great way to help me figure out what could have originally been there, what we like, and ultimately, what we can maintain alive.



Monday April 19, 2010 8:00 P.M.
Montclair Women's Club 82 Union Street Montclair, NJ
Refreshments Served
Members Free Non-Members $5.00 Annual Membership only $25.00

For more information, please contact or 973.744.5916

The Victorian Society in America, Northern NJ Chapter presents Jennifer Bakshi, Master Gardener and NY Botanical Garden certified landscape designer, who will discuss Victorian gardens. Her company, Urban Oasis Landscape Design, envisions the home garden as a personal Eden that is characterized by both its beauty and its harmony with the land that surrounds it, the buildings that stand on it, and the ecosystem to which it belongs - a very Victorian concept.
Ms. Bakshi will discuss the social and cultural forces that propelled the garden mania during the 19th Century. Gardening became wildly popular in the Victorian era essentially because the middle class grew in prosperity and could devote more time to it. Victorians were intensely interested in Nature. The Victorian gardener's motto might have been something like "man's conquest over elements of the natural world." Victorians loved their flowers - both exotic and mundane. Flowers were known to have their own special meanings. A bouquet of pansies indicated thoughtfulness. Lilies meant purity; myrtle signified love and marriage; morning glories given meant affection.

Andrew Jackson Downing, the premier American landscape designer of the 19th Century, developed his view that country residences should fit into the surrounding landscape and blend with its natural habitat. He believed interacting with nature had a healing effect on mankind and wanted all people to be able to experience nature. Ms. Bakshi will discuss the elements of American Victorian garden design, such as the shrubs, annuals and perennials to incorporate into your Victorian-inspired gardens.

Her personal gardens in Montclair were featured on the 2004 "Roses to Rock Gardens" Tour sponsored by Van Vleck House and Gardens.


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