The Isabelle Greene landscape architecture records contain drawings for landscapes designed by Isabelle Greene and Isabelle
Greene & Associates from 1964 through 2007. Drawings in circa 800 rolls include sketches, original vellums, and reproductions.
Born Isabelle Clara McElwain, Greene was raised in Pasadena, California, where she was exposed to art and architecture as
a child through her maternal grandfather, Henry Mather Greene (1870-1954), who, along with his brother, Charles Sumner Greene
(1868-1957), created some of the most significant Arts and Crafts homes of the era. After graduating with a B.A. in taxonomic
botany in 1956from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Isabelle Greene worked as a botanical illustrator from
1957 to 1965. She pursued a second B.A. in art with an emphasis on painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB), from 1965 to 1969. In 1966, she began studying landscape design at UCSB’s extension program, finally completing her
coursework at the University of Oregon in 1976. She then interned with landscape architect Michael Wheelwright until 1982.
That year, she registered as a landscape architect in California and launched her firm, Isabelle Greene & Associates.