The Garden Guide

Springer, Leonard Anthony

Born - Died : 1855 - 1940

A prolific Dutch landscape architect commemorated by the gift of his work and books to the Wageningen UR Library. He was the son of a townscape painter and grew up near Vondel Park. He wanted to be a forester but became a garden designer, always keen to distinguish himself from being a nurseryman. His style was gardenesque and he worked on private estates, cemeteries and public parks in Amsterdam, Groningen, Tilburg and Deventer. Towards the end of his career he was sorry to see gardens becoming more architectural and parks more dominated by sporting facilities.