The ECLAS Memorial Grove was inaugurated on the 16th of September 2019 as part of the ECLAS Conference ‘Lessons from the Past – Visions for the Future’, held at NMBU Norway on the occasion of celebrating the centenary of landscape architecture both in Norway and in Europe.
The Memorial Grove consists of six symbolic willows located in the campus park and maintained by NMBU on behalf of ECLAS. The Willow Grove commemorates personalities that have been fundamental for the establishment and the further development of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools. These pioneers contributed substantially to the growth of the international dimension of landscape architecture education and research in Europe.
The ECLAS Memorial Grove reminds us of the following people:
- Michael Francis (Mike) Downing (1934-2015), United Kingdom
- Egil Gabrielsen (1933 – 1998), Norway
- Pol Ghekiere (1950 – 2016), Belgium
- Mihály Mőcsényi (1919-2019), Hungary
- Dušan Ogrin (1929-1919), Slovenia
- Meto Vroom (1929 – 2019), The Netherlands
- Helmut Weckwerth (1934-2019)
If you want to learn more about the history of landscape architecture education in Europe, we recommend you reading the dissertation of Dr Barbara Birli (2016): From Professional Training to Academic Discipline: The Role of International Cooperation in the Development of Landscape Architecture at Higher Education Institutions in Europe