Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Roberto Burle Marx, His Life and Work

Roberto Burle Marx

Recently, I wrote a post called "Grass Patterns." In it, I posted photographs of some of the work of Roberto Burle Marx, one of the 20th Century's greatest landscape designers and plantsmen. Just today, New York Times correspondent Larry Rohter has written an article on the life and work of Roberto Burle Marx. I promise, it would be well worth your time to Read the Article. Also, view the accompanying Slideshow of some of his works. To learn more about this Brazilian master, check out this blurb on Wikipedia. He is most definitely one of my heroes. Not only was he an extraordinary designer and artist, but he was a Master Plantsman as well and did so much to identify new plant species and preserve them in his native country of Brazil. Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to garden design ONLINE where I stumbled upon this news!


  1. THIS is one of a few, really original
    garden designers, with clear signature.

    In Lanzarote, there is also Cesar Manrique
    Cabrera, in a totally dry/hot canvas.

    Until next.

  2. I met him, I studied his works, I learned from him like so many of us have. A truly magnificent designer who left a giant legacy to the profession of Landscape Architecture.

    Orlando Comas, ASLA
    Landscape Architect.


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