This week for #5womenartists we feature Martha Brooks Hutchinson.
Martha Brooks Hutchinson, one of America's first landscape artists, attended the New York School of Applied Design for Women and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Planning, before opening her own offices in 1901 to design gardens. Born in 1871 to a family of avid gardeners, her home, Merchiston Farm, now known as Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, part of the Morris County Park Commission. Martha actively promoted many landscape-relates progressive causes, such as the Women's Land Army of America, which alleviated the shortage of farm labor during WWI by employing "farmerettes" she was also a member of the Garden club in Somerset Hills and the Society of Landscape Architects.
Her book, the Spirit of the Garden, published in 1923, explains her design philosophy and principles, encouraging readers to unify house, garden, and landscape. Martha's daughter donated the property in 1972, allowing Bamboo Brook to be part of more than 1000 acres of preserved Morris County Parkland along the Black River. Many of h3r original sketches and finished drawings are in the Park Commission's archive, including the one seen here of leaf drawings.
Martha Brookes Hutchinson--writer, designer, photographer, advocate--definitely a woman artist to be celebrated during Women's History Month.
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