Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome

Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome

Borghese Secret Garden

Bard College Bertelsmann Campus Center

Tue, Mar 28, 2017
7:00 PM

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is well-known as a leading American fiction writer. Her unusual ability both to write and to observe also puts her at the forefront of Italian garden critics; her book Italian Villas and their Gardens, first published in 1904, remains a scholarly resource on the subject to this day.

Join us for an illustrated talk by landscape architect and historian CeCe Haydock, presenting images of eight Roman villas described by Wharton in her book. Learn about the influence of the villas on Wharton’s own houses and her novels.

About the speaker

Constance (CeCe) Haydock graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. She worked for the New York City Parks Department and the firm Innocenti and Webel in Locust Valley, NY, before starting her own practice, Constance T. Haydock, Landscape Architect, PC, in the same town.

In 2007, she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where she researched Edith Wharton and Italian villas. She is an adjunct professor at Long Island University and has lectured and written on historic Italian, French, and American gardens for universities and numerous garden and horticultural clubs. She is currently expanding her private practice to include landscape sustainability.

Bard College
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema
North Ravine Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 p.m. with reception to follow


Online registration for this event has ended. Walk-ins will be welcomed on a first-come/first-served basis.

This program is presented in partnership with Bard College.