Preserving Beatrix Farrand's Gardens
Garland Farm, Dumbarton Oaks, Hill-Stead, Bellefield, Rockefeller Gardens, and more will be included in an all-day program devoted to the restoration and maintenance of historic gardens designed by one of America’s foremost landscape architects. Join gardeners, horticulturists, preservationists, historians, and homeowners for what will be a memorable day on the coast of Maine.
Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was renowned for applying her great horticultural expertise to the gardens and landscapes she designed for the cream of East Coast society. While many of her gardens have disappeared or have been altered beyond recognition, a select number have been successfully restored. This seminar brings together the experts who restored and continue to oversee these gardens.
Dumbarton Oaks and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden remain two of Farrand’s most outstanding achievements, and both require scrupulous management to maintain Farrand’s original objectives. Smaller gardens, such as Bellefield, Garland Farm, Hill-Stead, and the Farm House, required extensive research before they were brought back to life in recent years. Dumbarton Oaks Park, the great naturalistic woodland adjacent to Dumbarton Oaks, is just beginning to explore how to reinvigorate an aging, but important, landscape.
Seminar speakers and topics include:
Bill Noble, director of preservation at the Garden Conservancy, garden preservation
Paula Deitz, Dumbarton Oaks 1980 colloquium
Gail Griffin, Dumbarton Oaks today
Ann Aldrich and Rebecca Trafton, Dumbarton Oaks Park
Carole Plenty, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden
Kartherine H. Kerin, Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield
Elizabeth Mills, Restoring the Farm House
Melanie Anderson Bourbeau, Restoring Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden
The day includes a buffet lunch and refreshment breaks as well as an afternoon reception at Garland Farm (the headquarters of the Beatrix Farrand Society, Bar Harbor), where participants can enjoy the newly restored Terrace Garden, the grounds, library, and exhibitions.
For much more information on the seminar program, lodging, area attractions, please see the Beatrix Farrand Society seminar mini-site.
Seminar presenter and co-sponsors
This seminar is presented by the Beatrix Farrand Society and co-sponsored by the Garden Conservancy, with additional support from the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, Hill-Stead Museum, and Land & Garden Preserve.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
And while you're visiting Mount Desert Island this weekend... don't miss the Bar Harbor Open Day, featuring several Farrand gardens, hosted by the Garden Conservancy on Sunday, July 28.
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street,
Bar Harbor, Maine
$130 General admission
$95 Members of the Beatrix Farrand Society and the Garden Conservancy
$50 College of the Atlantic students
Advance registration is required for this seminar and walk-ins will not be accommodated.