Gardens and landscaping are specific to time and space. The arrangement of plants and minerals surrounding a man-made structure become the stage that evokes a response when experienced. Sometimes the structure is purely utilitarian with no thought going into the space around the building. Most times, however, some effort has been made to present the structure in a way that complements its features and the personalities of those that occupy the building. In a way, this is our most intimate connection with the Earth, as we express and share an idea through structure and place it within the context of our view of the natural world.
In preparation for the May 26th Spring City Heritage Day Tour, Alan Barnett will be lecturing on Utah Historic Homes and Architecture, with some information on historic landscaping as well.
The historic town of Spring City has been designated as a National Register Historic District because it is such a well-preserved example of what Mormon towns used to be like all over Utah. Alan will be talking about what people can see in Spring City that is so typical of Utah towns 100-150 years ago. There are a variety of elements that combine to give a Mormon town its unique and recognizable character. These elements include things like the layout of the town, the water sources, the agricultural buildings, and the types and styles of architecture. Alan will give an overview of these elements in order to help people better understand what they are seeing in Spring City and in other Utah towns they visit.
Date: Wednesday, May 2nd
Where: Sugar House Park Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South