May 24, 2007 Landscape Designer Jane MacLeish Discusses Fresh Perspective on Gardening, June 7

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With planting season in high gear, diligent gardeners could be tired of using the same old flowers, shrubs and patterns of display. Residential landscape designer Jane MacLeish will offer a fresh perspective on gardening in a lecture at the Library of Congress on June 7. MacLeish will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. According to MacLeish, it’s possible to have more fun in the garden. She will discuss unusual ways of creating a garden, with the use of interesting objects, color and other landscape techniques. MacLeish has been active in landscape design for 30 years, winning numerous awards for her work. Her gardens, which fuse architectural elements and a wide selection of plant material to create original environments, range from large country estates to tiny urban spaces. Although MacLeish grew up in the grand garden tradition of England and her gardens often reflect this background, romantic elegance is tempered in her work by imagination and creative risk-taking. Her firm, Jane MacLeish Landscapes, has been featured in magazines including Town & Country, House and Garden, Southern Living, the Washingtonian and the Washington Post Magazine. Several of MacLeish’s gardens are highlighted in the book “Leading Residential Landscape Professionals” (Sandow, 2006). Her own gardens in Washington, D.C., have been part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. For more information, visit The Library of Congress maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. The Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the Library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics, with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library. For more information, visit


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ISSN 0731-3527