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Beatrix Farrand by Judith B. Tankard
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Mar 29, 2022 | ISBN 9781580935937

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“Well-researched, well-photographed, and beautifully produced volume on the life and career of a real garden artist and hero.”
—The New York Botanical Garden

“This well written and deeply researched book . . . will surely remain the standard work on Beatrix Farrand for years to come.”
—Gardens Illustrated

“This book brings to life the gardens of a nascent and grand American landscape style, influenced by European gardens, modified for the nouveaux riches . . . For English majors, this book does double duty as a companion to Aunt Edith [Wharton’s] novels.”
—The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“[Farrand] gets her due in this lovely coffee-table book filled with her meticulous plans, archival photographs and lovely illustrations.”
—The Chicago Tribune

“[An] authoritative biography . . . the writing is well researched [and] refreshingly spare.”
—Landscape Architecture Magazine

“[This book] is thoughtfully presented by a scholar who is both rigorous and intuitive . . . and it’s beautiful.”
—Old-House Interiors

“You certainly won’t be disappointed with the new book by Judith Tankard. It’s a welcome addition to the genre, written in an easy to read style, and it covers all the important facts and facets in the life of a most fascinating woman.”
—Garden Design Online

“An essential read . . . highlights the designer’s finest works.”
—Flower Magazine

“[This] new book about her life and work resonated deeply with me.”
—Steele Marcoux, Veranda

“A definitive look at Farrand’s life and the lasting impact of her amazing gardens.” 

“A lavishly-illustrated biography.”

“Offer[s] design inspiration.”
—Elle Decor

“Richly illustrated with historical images, garden plans and many new photographs, Tankard’s book is a fitting tribute to Farrand. . .  The unfinished projects of her final years, which are succinctly recounted by Tankard, are key to understanding Farrand and appreciating her legacy, the impact of which blooms anew with the release of this book.”
—1stdibs Introspective Magazine

“Meet the unsung heroine of the nation’s most celebrated gardens.”
—Fast Company

“Thanks to author Judith B. Tankard, you can learn more about this celebrated garden artist/landscape architect, who happened to be Edith Wharton’s niece. Impeccable design taste must’ve run in the family!” 
—House Beautiful

“Exhaustive in her research and her presentation of the social and cultural importance of gardens and gardeners, Tankard’s new Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect does not disappoint in its fresh perspectives on the role of horticulture and gardens in our cultural evolutions and adaptations.” 
—Jennifer Jewell

“A beautifully illustrated tome.”
—Luxe Interiors + Design

“Monacelli’s reissue . . . is something to celebrate. [It’s] essential reading for everyone seeking inspiration from Farrand’s masterly creations.”
—AD Pro

“An inspiring read.”
—Atlanta Homes Magazine

“…delves deep into the life and practice of the only female founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects.”
—Landscape Architecture Magazine

“The definitive work of one of the most important figures in American landscape architecture.”
—Garden Design Journal

“[An] insightful new book.”
—New England Home

Table Of Contents

Preface 6

Introduction 9

1 The Education of a Landscape Gardener 17

2 From Society Girl to Career Woman 27

3 A Style of Her Own 41

4 The Garden as a Picture 57

5 Two Early Heirloom Gardens 69

6 Long Island Country Estates 83

7 Gardening by the Sea 99

8 The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden 117

9 Three Connecticut Gardens Bloom Again 125

10 Dumbarton Oaks 143

11 Collegiate Landscapes 159

12 California and Beyond 173

13 Reef Point and Its Legacy 193

14 A Garden in Eden 205

Notes 212

Bibliography 223

Autobiographical Statement 228

List of Commissions 230

Places To Visit 234

Index 235

Acknowledgments 239

Credits 240

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