Born: July 15, 1890
Education: Cornell University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Florence Yoch and Lucile Council were influential California landscape designers, practicing in the first half of the 20th century in Southern California. Yoch began practicing in 1918 and in over 53 years completed more than 250 projects. Council became an apprentice to the firm in 1921 and as partners they lived and worked together until Council’s death in 1964. Their work range from grand estates to campuses, parks, even a botanical garden and five movie sets. The works of Florence Yoch & Lucile Council are documented in the book Landscaping the American dream: the gardens and film sets of Florence Yoch, 1890-1972. Film director Dorothy Arzner introduced Yoch to such distinguished Hollywood personages as Jack Warner and David Selznick, for whom Yoch designed the Tara set for Gone with the Wind. Architect W. C. Tanner designed a Greek temple mansion for Arzner and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930. Florence Yoch designed the original gardens, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens. The property, declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, is currently available for sale priced at $3,495,000. “Florence Yoch and Lucille Council were widely recognized as two of the finest garden designers and landscape architects in California.” --U.S. News & World Report.
Together from 1921 to 1964: 43 years.
Florence Yoch (1890 – January 31, 1972)
Lucile Council (1898–1964)
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