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Spencer Tunnell to Give Annual Neel Reid Lecture

Spencer Tunnell

Writer and contact: Melissa Tufts 706-542-8292

Spencer Tunnell, a principal in the Atlanta landscape architecture firm of Tunnell and Tunnell, will give this year’s annual Neel Reid lecture at the College of Environment and Design. The lecture will be in the Jackson Street Building, lecture hall 123, at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 7th. The title of the lecture will be: When the Garden Club of America Comes to Town: Atlanta 1932, an examination of the cultural implications of the visit to the city during the Great Depression. The lecture is supported by the Peachtree Garden Club and the UGA College of Environment and Design.

Tunnell is a highly regarded landscape architect of historic sites and estates. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia where he studied Landscape Architecture and Architecture History. He is past chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and serves on the city’s Board of Easements. Among his most well-known works is the Boxwood Garden at the historic Swan House in Buckhead. With his late wife Lisa Martin, he developed a Master Plan for the Atlanta Botanical Garden from 1998-2002, and since 1998 has worked on the implementation of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills, Atlanta, which was awarded the Marguerite Williams Award, the top award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is working currently on the restoration of the Philip Schutze “Goodrum House” landscape.

Tunnell has taught at UGA’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia State University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Messer at jlmesser@uga.eduor call706-542-4727.