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Dargan Landscape Architects Inc. drawings

Collection number: ahc.VIS226

Scope and Content

This collection contains both residential and commercial landscape drawings for clients throughout the southeast United States. Also included are a few projects for international clients. The majority of projects are residential clients.


  • 1982-2008, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Hugh Graham Dargan, ASLA from Darlington County, South Carolina earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia in 1973 and founded Hugh Dargan Associates the same year. He studied historic preservation of landscapes at West Dean College in West Sussex, England. Mary Palmer Kelley Cooper Dargan, ASLA from Nashville, Tennessee earned her bachelor's in botany from University of Tennessee, in 1976 and a master's in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University in 1981. The Dargans practiced landscape architecture for 12 years in Charleston, South Carolina, married in 1985 and moved to Atlanta in 1993. In 2000 the Dargans renamed their firm Dargan Landscape Architects, Inc.

Administrative/Biographical History

Hugh Dargan is a founding board member of the Southern Garden History Society. Mary Palmer Dargan is a founding member of the advisory committee of the Garden Conservancy of America. The Dargans have each taught at the University of South Carolina and The Art of Landscape Design Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina and other locations. Mary Palmer Dargan has also taught landscape architecture at Clemson University, South Carolina. The Dargans have published several books including Lifelong Landscape Design (2012) and are also frequent lecturers. The Dargans have earned numerous project awards from organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Dargan gardens have been featured in many magazines, such as Southern Accents,Garden Design,HG, as well as the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) seriesGround Breakers.


502 set(s) of landscape drawing(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by client name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007 with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2008.

Dargan Landscape Architects Inc. drawings
Jennie Oldfield
November 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305