This Week's Podcast: Honoring the Founding Women of the Landscape Arts
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My guest today is Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections for the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. He is responsible for the Horticulture Division’s programs and activities, including overseeing the grounds, all 50 gardens and living collections, flower shows and exhibitions, and a staff of 80 managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists.
Today we learn about the Garden’s exhibition “Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them,” opening on May 17, 2014, which features the contributions of influential American women in the fields of landscape architecture and design, garden photography, and garden writing in the early 20th century. (Pioneering photographer,Jessie Tarbox Beals (right), shown with her giant camera in New York City around the turn of the Century.)
Beatrix Farrand (below, left) is probably the name most people are familiar with, and she is the most celebrated among the women included in the presentations.
“Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden,” is a horticultural exhibit within the Seasonal Galleries of the New York City Landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory during The New York Botanical Garden’s summer 2014 show. The displays evoke the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden (below, right) in Seal Harbor, Maine. This elegant American estate garden was designed by Farrand in 1926 for the Eyrie, the summer home of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr.