This area started out as just a back yard, much like it is in this 1936 photograph of the house.
A garden has to talk to you and magnetically pull you through from one station to another
NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Flowers need pots and pictures need
frames. And that is the long and short of landscape architecture. Well, more
the "short" of it, I guess.
William Garbo has had a long career as a landscape
architect, creating masterful flowerbeds, framed with both natural and created
settings. And his architectural career started at a very early age.
when I was just a young child this is a true story, I marked on the wall," said Garbo. "Instead of getting upset she said, ‘Son you are going to be an architect some
As many people who take on a general career do,
William began to specialize in landscape architecture in particular
early on. And in the process has reshaped many gardens not only in Mississippi,
but all over the country.
But especially in Mississippi, designing the garden
at the Governor's Mansion during its renovation in the 70s, and many gardens at
homes in Natchez. Including the one at Gloucester.
This area started out as
just a back yard, much like it is in this 1936 photograph of the house. But
William's masterful touch translated the owner's wishes into this.
Gwen Dequil's garden," said Garbo. She told me what she wanted."
And this is the result.
"A garden has to talk to you and magnetically
pull you through from one station to another," added Garbo. "The garden should be beautiful
and attractive all four seasons of the year. I use the Greek Revival style of
symmetry. You can take a knife and slice the garden down the middle, take one
side and you copy it on the other side."
So now I know why my yard looks like I just took
a bunch of shrubs and scattered them out ‘cause that's what I did, unlike the
careful symmetry of shape and color of William Garbo.
"God has created all
these things for us to use," said Garbo . "And it's like painting a picture on
And William Garbo has given us many such still
life gardens during his career as a Mississippi Landscape Architectural artist.