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Garden 424: John Nolen

Posted By Christini Jenkins, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

John Nolen was an American landscape designer, known for city and town planning as well as landscape architecture.  He was one of the most influential landscape designers in Florida, planning neighborhoods and parks for cities such as St. Petersburg and Venice. The city of Venice exhibits Nolen's holistic landscape ideas and is one of his most famous works.  Being the first American to independently identify himself as town and city planner, Nolen used European designs to create and structure urban areas into modern landscapes.  His use of trees and plants as street dividers was coveted amongst many.  For this project I decided to plant my seeds in a field in Miramar, Florida. The reason for planting it here was to showcase how John Nolen took rural areas to create different neighborhoods and parks.  This was one of the only public property places that I found, and I planted the seeds in row formations to "simulate" how Nolen used plants and trees to create intersections and paths.  This garden is dedicated to John Nolen for being one of the first landscape architectures in Florida and for also bringing and new concept of city/town planning. 

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