Engagement photographer in Wilmington
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Engagement photographer in Wilmington

If you want to find a unique and interesting location for your engagement photos The Marian Coffin Gardens can be a perfect locations for this purpose. It is a quiet place on the grounds of empty Gibraltar estate located in the center of Wilmington, Delaware.

Marian Coffin was a creative and ambitious lady who was very passionate for landscape design. She was one of four women who were accepted in the entire Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation she struggled to find the job at any of the architectural companies in New York City because landscape architecture was one for men at that time. But she never gave up on her dream to become successful in this sphere and she decided to open her own firm. Marian started with small suburban flower gardens and she became very popular because of her fresh, dynamic and creative designs.

In 1916 the owner of the Gibraltar Estate Hugh Sharp hired one of the first female landscape architect Marian Coffin to create a master piece in his gardens. Coffin designed theories of terraces coming from the estate down to the flower garden by a curving marble staircase. Each terrace has a unique theme or element, which create focal points in each area of the garden. There are statues which were brought from all over the world. This place is a proof how passion and diligence of one woman can break standard gender roles in pursuit of her dreams.

After the death go owners, the estate slowly deteriorated and had to be demolished by 1998.Preservation Delaware, with the support of community and the Sharp family, saved the entire estate and in 1999 restored the gardens and keep maintaining them today.

The Marian Coffin Gardens are open to public all year round and it is free of charge to go there and enjoy the creation of the talented woman.

Location: Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar, 1405 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806.

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