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The 25 - Janice Parker

Here is one of the 25 individuals who have dedicated their careers to the classical style in myriad and outstanding ways that are serving as models around the globe.

Since 1984, when she established her eponymous landscape architecture firm, Janice Parker has been creating innovative Classical gardens that remain true to their roots yet incorporate modern/contemporary requirements.

JANICE PARKER

JANICE PARKER

Parker, winner of the Stanford White Award for Garden Design (three times), the Professional Merit Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (four times), and a Palladio Award, has joined the pantheon of pioneering ground-breakers such as Ellen Biddle Shipman, Annette Hoyt Flanders, and Rose Standish Nichols.

“I have tremendous respect for the past landscape architects and designers who did this work, in particular at the turn of the last century,” she says. “It has given my professional and personal life purpose. It is a huge pleasure and honor to be able to study what they did, understand them, and then instinctively go forward with what I think they would have done today.”

At Rose Manor, whose grounds were designed by Janice Parker Architects, the formal rose garden parterres lead the way to the tennis court pavilion, which is flanked by tightly clipped columnar hornbeams.

At Rose Manor, whose grounds were designed by Janice Parker Architects, the formal rose garden parterres lead the way to the tennis court pavilion, which is flanked by tightly clipped columnar hornbeams.

Designed by Janice Parker Landscape Architects, the lower parterres of Rose Manor in Connecticut are planted with buddleia, taxus, and spirea, with a weeping maple specimen tree at the central point of each design.

Designed by Janice Parker Landscape Architects, the lower parterres of Rose Manor in Connecticut are planted with buddleia, taxus, and spirea, with a weeping maple specimen tree at the central point of each design.

Landscape architect, horticultural specialist, garden consultant, instructor, floral designer, and speaker, Parker continues to rethink accepted landscape practices and develop inventive solutions that inspire a whole new generation of professionals.

“The more I work on Classical gardens, the more I study the history of landscape and gardens, the more I realize that there is no substitute for Classicism and simplicity,” she says. “In the classic tradition, the math works. That is key to understand and the key to great design. In great modern design, the math always works. It is always justified and graceful.”

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