Bryant Fleming

Bryant Fleming was born in Buffalo, New York, and studied horticulture, architecture, architectural history, and art at Cornell, graduating in 1901. Fleming became the first lecturer and instructor in landscape art in the Department of Landscape Art in the College of Agriculture at Cornell, where he served as head of the department from 1906 to 1915.

In private practice he helped guide the development of parks in New York State, including Letchworth State Park and the restoration of Watkins Glen. In addition, he served with Warren H. Manning and others on a comprehensive campus plan for Cornell. For 30 years, Fleming and his associates had an extensive residential design practice all over the country, including estates in Belle Meade, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, a 100-acre estate where Fleming guided the design of the landscape, architecture, and interiors.

In 1925, he was appointed as University Landscape Advisor to Cornell. Active in the profession as a teacher and mentor, he died on September 19, 1946.

(July, 2017)

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is reclaiming its heritage as a Bryant Fleming Estate. Mr. Fleming designed Cheekwood, as well as the Warner Park Allèe. The staff of Cheekwood is currently working with the Friends of Warner Parks to acquaint the public with Bryant Fleming. Saturday, October 7, 2017 has been declared “Bryant Fleming Day” in his memory. To learn more about the Cheekwood Exhibition, Estate of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and the American Country Place Era, click here.

Bryant Fleming Day Event