Lifetime achievement for Florence
Florence Stockwell-Everts (Harding 1939) was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2015.
Florence, now well into her 90s, has gained a well-respected place in landscape architecture during the past 40 years of her life. It was not until she reached middle age that she decided to study landscape architecture, and she has not looked back.
When she left Abbotsleigh, Florence completed a master’s degree at Sydney University majoring in Anthropology in the early 1940s. She then went to Chicago University to study a PhD in Sociology, which she did not complete as she met her husband. They lived in New York for a few years. At that time she worked for the United Nations Secretariat administering social welfare projects for the technical assistance program in South Asia. A time she describes as wonderfully stimulating.
Her husband joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer and they were posted overseas to Bangladesh, Iran, Karachi, Peshawar and Pakistan amongst other places.
"Everywhere we were posted I made a garden," recalls Florence.
Then came the decision to study landscape architecture. She established her own firm in in the Washington DC area and in 2010 a book honouring the work she has done was published under the title The Gardens of Florence Evert.
Florence believes strongly in the role that landscape architecture professionals can play as as public advocates against fracking and pollution.