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.
"My mother, 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 day.'"
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.
"This is 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 a canvas."
And William Garbo has given us many such still life gardens during his career as a Mississippi Landscape Architectural artist.
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