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Her Land is Our Land: How Beatrix Farrand Changed the Landscape of the Nation Ms. Magazine

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Mar 15, 2019 8:00 AM 3+ day ago

In her lifetime, Beatrix Farrand would design more than 200 private and public gardens--always with her distinct eye for intricate detail and perfection in execution, and in spite of numerous gender-based barriers to her own success.

Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), recognized as America's first female landscape architect, created some of the nation's most renowned gardens and helped instill a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. (Courtesy of the Beatrix Farrand Society.)

Credited with creating an American impressionistic style that was decades ahead of her time, Farrand's aesthetic made marks not only in her day, but on most modern gardens. She championed the use of native plants, an idea that was not of her era, and later in life founded an organization and school of landscape study in Bar Harbor, Maine, which declared its main objective was "to improve one's life through the beauty of the natural world."

Born into a wealthy New York family, Farrand showed an affinity for gardening as a ...

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