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Herbaria Notecards: The Pressed Plant Collection of Beatrix Farrand

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The pressed plants featured in this collection are from the herbarium of pioneering landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, and celebrate the legacy of this master botanist. 

Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) stands among the leading twentieth-century landscape architects.  Often called “the Gertrude Jekyll of America,” her work encompasses more than two hundred private gardens and landscapes for estates and major institutions in the United States and Great Britain. In 1899 she was one of nine founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects—the only woman among them.

She was also an expert archivist who pressed and preserved over nine hundred specimens from her garden in Maine. The twelve prints featured in this notecard set are from that collection.  

Farrand managed her own library, archive, and herbarium. She bequeathed her papers, travel journals, project plans, garden designs, photographs, and library of 2,700 books to the University of California, Berkeley, where her gifts formed the basis of the Environmental Design Library.  A small, personal garden Farrand designed for herself at Garland Farm, her last residence in Mount Desert, Maine, is currently being restored and is now the headquarters of the Beatrix Farrand Society.

Among the existing examples of her work are the terraced garden rooms of Dumbarton Oaks and the carriage roads of Acadia National Park. She consulted on the campuses of Yale and Princeton and worked with both Ellen and Edith Wilson to design a First Lady's Garden for the East Wing of the White House. (The area was re-envisioned by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 and is now the Rose Garden.)

"Her most significant project was working with John D. Rockefeller Jr. on preserving and beautifying the carriage roads in the park. Impressed with her abilities in orchestrating work on the gardens at The Eyrie and her passionate interest in native plants, Rockefeller engaged her to consult on the roadside plantings in the park. They spent afternoons driving along the roads and inspecting the plantings. She injected quantities of native plants in naturalistic groupings so that they looked as if they had always been growing there, sometimes moving clumps from one location in the park to another. In all, sixty varieties of trees, shrubs, and perennials were used, and most of them were native to the island. The plantings remain one of Farrand's most significant legacies in Maine."—Judith B. Tankard, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes 

12 different notecards (5.5” x 7”) and light green envelopes; with a biographical booklet in a sturdy box.

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