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Roberto Burle Marx: A Vibrant Landscape

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV115
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Roberto Burle Marx’s landscape design for the Edmundo Cavanelas residence by architect Oscar Niemeyer is among his finest private gardens (Photo: C. Colston Burrell)

Brazil is a land of astounding beauty and unsurpassed diversity. It is also the birthplace of Roberto Burle Marx, one of the most influential and groundbreaking landscape artists of the 20th century. In addition to introducing modernist landscape architecture to Brazil, he was also a noted painter, printmaker, musician, ecologist, and naturalist.

Burle Marx eschewed typical European geometrical garden design and brought to the Brazilian landscape (and to the world) the use of colorful native species in conjunction with abstract and cubist patterns. C. Colston Burrell explores Burle Marx’s home and studio, where he collected and studied the native plants found in the jungles of Brazil, as well as private gardens and parks he created for friends and municipalities. 

Burrell is a lecturer, garden designer, and photographer. The author of 12 gardening books, he has twice won the American Horticultural Society Book Award.

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