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The Work of Roberto Burle Marx

February 21, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am |


Roberto Burle Marx (1909-94) was Brazil’s most influential and renowned landscape architect and has been called “the real creator of the modern garden.” He not only conceived designs for parks, plazas and private gardens, but was also an innovative painter and muralist and his work reflects his passion for colors and sensibility for music.

In the 1950s, long before sustainability was a commonplace conversation, Burle Marx advocated celebrating local vegetation, and in 1985 he received the ASLA medal for Superior Landscape Architecture Design. He fought to preserve Brazil’s rain forests and other precious ecosystems.

This is an opportunity to learn about this fascinating man and his work and to understand why his legacy continues today to move and motivate garden lovers the world over.

Amelia B. Lima is the owner of Amelia B. Lima & Associates, Inc. a design studio in San Diego, specializing in residential landscape design.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Lima studied architecture at Universidade Santa Ursula. She has an Associate degree from Harper College in Applied Science in Horticulture, and has been certified by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers since 1999.

Lima moved to the United States 35 years ago, and has lived in several states. These changes allowed her to experience gardening and landscape design in different climatic zones using distinct plant material.

Lima had the opportunity to meet Burle Marx and spend time in his studio in Rio de Janeiro in 1989. She is a great admirer of his gardens, and loves to teach about his art.


February 21, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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All ages.
Photography Credits
Olivia Gomes ( old residence), by Haru Ono; image courtesy of Amelia B. Lima., Fazed Marambaia, by Haru Ono; image courtesy of Amelia B. Lima., Burle Marx at the office, by Haru Ono; image courtesy of Amelia B. Lima.


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