Education

The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association offers a range of education programs that elucidate Farrand’s important legacy as a pioneer of landscape design and as an advocate for education in the field. Tours, hands-on workshops and children’s programs are often held in Farrand’s restored garden at Bellefield allowing participants to experience the beauty of her creation and learn firsthand the power of her timeless design.

  • HANDS-in-the-DIRT:


    This series of workshops offers detailed instruction on techniques of gardening and maintenance throughout the growing season. Topics range from vine pruning and shear sharpening in the early spring to cutting back perennials and seed collecting in fall. As the title of the workshops suggest these workshops are hands-on and participants have the opportunity to practice techniques while they are learning. Check EVENTS to see a schedule of workshops and register.


  • GREEN TEENS:


    BFGA has developed a unique series of workshops for the Green Teen program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. For a number of years teens have explored the fields of horticulture and landscape design at the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield. The students examine Farrand’s design principles at work in the garden and then create their own often elaborate even fanciful designs based on these concepts. Workshops in horticulture encourage participants to record observations of plant life and learn both the importance of Latin nomenclature as well as the poetry often found in common names. The workshop series concludes with a look at Farrand’s legacy as a pioneer both as the first woman in the field of landscape architecture and as an innovator in American design. The opportunity to experience Farrand’s garden still flourishing today after more than 100 years teaches young people that beauty can be transformative and that excellent design stands the test of time and can reach across the generations.


  • Group Tours:


    Special group tours offer background on Beatrix Farrand’s life and her illustrious career along with the history of her Garden at Bellefield, one of only a few of her existing commisions. Groups learn about how the garden was created and the dramatic story of how it was saved and restored by a dedicated group of modern-day gardeners. Plant lovers can stroll through the garden and learn about Farrand’s special varieties and cultivars. Group tours can be scheduled in advance by contacting info@beatrixfarrandgardenhydepark.org

  • Audio Tour:


    Audio Garden Tour Audio Garden Tour (17084 KB)

    Listen to the rich history of the Garden at Bellefield and learn how this landscape, one of Beatrix Farrand’s few remaining commissions, fits into the broader context of her important career. The tour is available in the garden by dialing in from your cell phone. Begin the tour on the terrace overlooking the garden and follow instructions to continue throughout the garden or listen to the tour remotely by clicking above.

  • The Bellefield Design Lectures:


    This series of annual lectures brings noted speakers on topics including art, architecture, decorative arts and gardens to the Hudson Valley where centuries of exceptional design have been preserved for public enjoyment. Past speakers include Gail Griffin, Director of Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, Judith Tankard, garden historian, Rick Darke, celebrated advocate of the wild garden and Lynden Miller, designer of New York City's most beloved public gardens. Check EVENTS to learn more about the series and purchase tickets.