Farrand, Landscape Architect
week’s guest is Judith B. Tankard, author of Beatrix Farrand: Private
Gardens, Public Landscapes, which chronicles the life and career of one of America’s most
celebrated landscape architects. Farrand (1872-1959) is renowned for the private
estate gardens she designed for East Coast society as well as her work as a
landscape consultant at some of the country’s most prestigious private
universities and colleges. (Photo, left: Agnes Milliken at Reef Point,
was also a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Tankard is a landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant (photo,
right, by Eric Roth). She taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for over 20 years.
In 2000, she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural
Society for her role in the advancement of historic New England gardens. She is
the author or co-author of seven illustrated books on landscape history. She is currently
publications editor of the Beatrix Farrand Society located at Garland Farm,
Farrand’s last home located on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
Judith gardens in the Boston area and on Martha’s
Vineyard, but she admits that her passion is visiting other people’s gardens.
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