Join us for our first 2015 event, the
HANDS-in-the-DIRT Workshop
in the Garden at Bellefield
Tuesday, March 17​, 2015​
10 am - 12 noon
Come learn how to sharpen your pruners and put an edge on shovels and spades. If the weather is good, we will head into the garden for a vine-pruning primer.

FREE to members/ $10 non-members.
Join us or renew your membership:
Individual $35
Family/Organization $50
Sustainer $100
Fellow $250
Patron $500
Benefactor $1000
Membership and gifts of any amount are fully tax-deductible.

Donate through BFGA's PayPal Account:

Please email to reserve a place for this workshop.​

SAVE THE DATE: Lynden Miller to speak at the 9th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture
Sunday June 7, 2015 at 2 pm

Join us as renowned public garden designer Lynden Miller discusses how the life and career of Beatrix Farrand has inspired and influenced her own work. She will explore the unique significance of public gardens and their contribution to civic life, both in Farrand's time and our own. CLICK HERE to learn more about Lynden Miller.

Previous Events

Join us for our 2014
HANDS-in-the-DIRT Workshop series
March 25, Vine Pruning, 10 am - 12 noon
April 22, Dividing Perennials, 9-11 am
July 15, Dead-heading, 9-11 am
October 21, Putting the Garden to Bed, 10 am - 12 noon

Workshops are held in the Garden at Bellefield and are free of charge.
Email to reserve a space

Bellefield The Board of Directors invites you
to meet our new Executive Director

Karen Smythe

at a Wine & Cheese Reception
in the Garden at Bellefield

Sunday, September 14, 2014
from 4 - 6 pm

$20 per person

RSVP by Sept. 8th

Parking and Rain Location at
The Henry A. Wallace Center
at the FDR Presidential Library and Home
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY

For more information, email:
or call 845-229-9115 ext 2023

William Noonan View of Bellefield

Join us for
Plein Air Painting
in the Garden at Bellefield

Bring your paints, easels and sketchbooks
and paint in the open air of the garden with noted artist and painting instructor William Noonan

Beginners, novices, and teens are welcome to join the session.
For information and to reserve a place, email


Join us or renew your membership:
Individual $35
Family/Organization $50
Sustainer $100
Fellow $250
Patron $500
Benefactor $1000

Membership and gifts of any amount are fully tax-deductible.
Donate through BFGA's PayPal Account:

8th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture
Sitting Pretty:
An Illustrated History of the Garden Seat
by John Danzer of Munder-Skiles

Sunday, June 1st at 2:00 pm

Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY

Reception, Heirloom Plant Sale and Garden Boutique to follow in the Garden at Bellefield
featuring an exhibit of Garden Furniture by Munder-Skiles and a tasting of a special creation by Mauro Sessarego of Artigiani del Gelato, "Farrand Garden Flower"

click here to view a slideshow of 2013's
7th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture with Rick Darke

Rick Darke
The Wild Garden
at the Bellefield Design Lecture
June 2013

The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association and the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard presented Rick Darke, renowned author, photographer and landscape consultant, who will present his recently expanded edition of William Robinson’s influential book “The Wild Garden” first published in 1870. Darke brings Robinson’s groundbreaking text to a new generation of gardeners and with his award winning color photography, demonstrates how these early ideas about sustainable landscape practices still resonate today. A widely-read English- garden writer, Robinson advocated the use of hardy plants arranged in natural groupings able to thrive for years with little care at a time when labor-intensive, formal arrays of tender plants were all the rage. Robinson’s message continues to speak to modern gardeners seeking ecological and carefree landscapes.

Beatrix Farrand’s long friendship and correspondence with Robinson greatly influenced her signature style of creating naturalistic surroundings for her geometric, formal designs.His innovative horticultural ideas supported her own devotion to the use of native plants. As BFGA embarks next to restore Farrand’s “Wild Garden” here at Bellefield, there could not be a more timely and relevant subject for discussion, and we are honored to have Rick Darke bring his insight and stunning photographic images to the Annual Bellefield Design Lecture next spring.

The lecture was held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park, NY.

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