NCPTT board member Suzanne Turner released her newest book “Houston’s Silent Garden” on March 22. The book features the historic Glenwood Cemetery in Houston Texas.
Turner is professor emeritus of the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University and principal of Suzanne Turner Associates in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This story of Glenwood Cemetery since its founding in 1871 provides insight into the natural features that shaped Houston’s evolution and how the city grew into the vital community it is today. According to the publisher’s page:
In 1871, recovering from Reconstruction, a group of progressive citizens noticed that Houston needed a new cemetery at the edge of the central city. Embracing the picturesque aesthetic that had swept through the Eastern Seaboard, the founders of Glenwood selected land along Buffalo Bayou and developed Glenwood. Since then, the cemetery’s monuments have memorialized the lives of many of the city’s most interesting residents (Allen, Baker, Brown, Clayton, Cooley, Cullinan, Farish, Hermann, Hobby, House, Hughes, Jones, Law, Rice, Staub, Sterling, Weiss, and Wortham, among many others). The monuments also showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of some of the region’s finest sculptors and artisans.
The book is co-authored by Joanne Seale Wilson of Houston, who has written several publications in horticulture and landscaping, including a biography of historic landscape architect Rose Ishbel Greely. Paul Hester took the book’s photographs. He teaches in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University.
Texas A&M University Press is the book’s publisher.