Thomas H. Mawson, the famous British landscaper who designed the gardens and grounds of the Peace Palace in The Hague, has been honored on April 11, 2013 with a daffodil (narcissus) that bears his name. During the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace special attention is given to the beautiful gardens surrounding the Palace.
Thomas Mawson (1861-1933) is regarded as one of the best known British garden designers and landscape architects of his time. His design of the gardens and grounds of the Peace Palace has been considered as one of his most successful assignments. The gardens of the Peace Palace are of historical importance because they are the earliest and best preserved example in the Netherlands of an architectural garden.
Mawson has been honored in the garden of the Peace Palace with the baptism of a new daffodil, the narcissus ‘Thomas H. Mawson’. Thomas Prentice Mawson, Mawson's grandson, was present at this special event. The new daffodil has been developed by M.H. van der Zon & Zn. from Lisse, The Netherlands.
A selection of relevant publications from the Peace Palace Library collection
- Leeuwin, E.W., “The ‘Arts of Peace’: de tuinen van het Vredespaleis in Den Haag naar ontwerp van Thomas Hayton Mawson”, Tuinkunst: Nederlands jaarboek voor de geschiedenis van tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur, 3 (1998), pp. 121-149.
- Waymark, J., Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes, London, Frances Lincoln, 2009.