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Beatrix “Gardener”

Bellefield Garden - New Hyde Park, NY

Bellefield Garden - New Hyde Park, NY

After a brutal Northeast winter and a major overhaul of our septic system last year, we’ve come to the realization that our poor garden is in sore need of an overhaul, too.  It’s been six years since we dug up the beds and planted our perennials and it’s about time to prune, transplant and add new color.  Our first instinct was to contact the original landscape designer but, alas, she has moved on… so the next best thing was to open Judith Tankard’s new book, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Spaces to find inspiration.

"The Eyrie" - Seal Harbor, ME

"The Eyrie" - Seal Harbor, ME

Beatrix was not only the first woman ever to have a thriving career as a landscape designer, but she was also responsible for some of the loveliest gardens in the United States – Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, The Mount in Lenox, MA, and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens, just to name a few.

Dumbarton Oaks - Crabapple Hill

Dumbarton Oaks - Crabapple Hill

Born into high society in 1872 (she was Edith Wharton’s niece!), Beatrix was dignified, formal and proper yet her gardens belied this upbringing.  Using soft, impressionistic colors and textures, she tempered the formal with the natural, creating  exquisite environments that lasted into the next century.  Who wouldn’t want to stroll the paths or sit quietly on bench in such loveliness?

Dumbarton Oaks - Terrace View

Dumbarton Oaks - Terrace View

Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden - NYBG

Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden - NYBG

Now… where did we leave our shovels and shears?

For more information about this prolific landscaper, please visit the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association.

Photos from the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, Dumbarton Oaks, Philip’s Garden Blog and The New York Botanical Garden

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5 Comments

  • Reply The Shiny Pebble May 5, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This post has totally inspired me. Our backyard is shaping up to be quite formal with straight lines all over… Time to shake things up a bit.

  • Reply The Zhush May 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Prolific indeed! Very inspiring images here.

  • Reply paula May 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love to garden. how I would love my backyard to look like these.

  • Reply pve May 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    There is a garden nearby, that I covet – it looks lush and fertile – you must come visit and we can go and visit….I aim for this for my own garden which is a work in progress, like my children.
    pve

  • Reply Struggler May 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Lovely photos and you’re right, it’s strange how her designs are still so appealing for what we seek in a garden today.

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