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While on sabbatical from her professional life as the first woman partner in the leading international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, Gloucestershire, then for Penelope Hobhouse at Tintinhull, Somerset, experiences she found life transforming. In fact, she credits this time with soon thereafter becoming the first woman President of the New York City Bar Association.
Barbara and her artist-husband Charles have created their own extensive gardens around their 18th century farmhouse in northwestern Connecticut over more than 40 years; she being the hands-in-the-dirt gardener and he designing and building the garden structures while opening the landscape to give her new canvases to “paint” upon.
Her new book just out is Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape; her first book was, Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener. A frequent speaker for horticultural organizations and garden clubs, Barbara is Director Emeritus of Wave Hill and The Garden Conservancy and a former board member of Stonecrop.
Brush Hill Gardens has been open to the public as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program since inception and by appointment to numerous groups from as far away as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Brush Hill has been featured in numerous articles and books and on HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary.” Barbara’s writings about Brush Hill have appeared in the New York Times, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and Hortus, as well as in a chapter in Rosemary Verey’s The Secret Garden; Brush Hill is included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens.