Sears was impressed with this park and the town of Muskau (renamed Bad Muskau in 1962) and wrote in his diary that he had been “treated like a king” there. Pückler-Muskau’s work on these grounds continues to be renowned for the way it blends with the surrounding landscape and utilizes local plant material. According to UNESCO, this park’s design helped facilitate the development of landscape architecture as a discipline in Europe and America. Sears, in his mid-twenties and a recent graduate, was probably influenced by Pückler-Muskau’s work. His image collection represents just a fraction of the historical records that the Archives of American Gardens maintains in order to give researchers insight into the design of American gardens and landscapes.
Where might today’s graduates find inspiration?
Carolyn Chesarino, Intern
Archives of American Gardens