Beatrix Farrand

Beatrix Farrand was an American landscape designer active in the late-19th and early- to mid-20th centuries. She was born in 1872.

She was the first female member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and worked both in the US and in the UK. She was heavily influenced by Italian garden design and by the work of British garden designers such as Thomas Mawson, William Robinson and, in particular, Gertrude Jekyll, several of whose original plans she collected.

Farrand is perhaps best remembered for her work in designing the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, DC, U.S.A (1921-1947) which she did with the assistance of Mildred Barnes Bliss. Between 1921 and 1938 Farrand helped design the gardens at Dartington Hall, England.

When she died in 1959 Farrand bequethed her collection of books, plans and designs, including those by Gertrude Jekyll, to the University of California at Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

Of her other great works, she is also noted for the Abby Aldrick Rockerfeller Garden at Seal Harbor, Maine, U.S.A. (1926).

Bibliography

McGuire, Diane Kostial,'Beatrix Farrand', The Oxford Companion to Gardens, ed. Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe, et. al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991) p. 184.

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