Ellen Biddle Shipman

E. Shipman 1820
Edison ^ Ford Winter Estates 2012 – panoramio

Ellen Biddle Shipman – landscape architecture. She was known for her formal gardens like the Henry W. Longfellow Place in Cambridge, and clients like Ford, Astor, and DuPont, and opened her own office in New York City, where she only hired women designers.

  • The majority of her designs were done in the English style but she is most noted for her use of “painting” the landscape with plants and flowers as well as her use of border plantings to create a sense of private space. It is unfortunate that since many of her commissions were for grand estates and her plantings particularly labor intensive to maintain, many had disappeared within her own lifetime and very few of have survived to the present day. Examples of her existing gardens include the Edison and Ford Winter Estate in Fort, Myers, Florida and Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio.

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