Landscape Historian Judith Tankard presents Annual Olmsted Lecture on Beatrix Farrand
April 8, 2013
Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with the Beatrix Farrand Society, welcomes landscape historian and preservation consultant Judith Tankard, author of Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes, on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 PM, to present MHS’s annual Olmsted Lecture.
Beatrix Farrand was one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects renowned for private gardens, many of which were located in Maine, as well as consulting work for some of the country’s most prestigious universities and colleges. The talk will encompass Farrand's life, work, and influence.
Tankard received an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for over 20 years. In 2000, she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her role in the advancement of historic New England gardens. She is the author or co-author of eight illustrated books on landscape history, including her most recent publication, Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden. Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes was named an Honor Book for the 2010 Historic New England Book Prize. Tankard serves as 2nd Vice President of the Beatrix Farrand Society.
Maine Historical Society’s annual Olmsted Lecture is named for Frederick Law Olmsted, who founded landscape architecture in the 19th century. In Maine, he and members of his firm designed parts of Acadia National Park, Portland’s Deering Oaks Park, Cushing Island, and the campuses of Goodwill-Hinckley and Berwick Academy.
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