Farrand/FORWARD

A Symposium on the Future of Beatrix Farrand’s Public Landscapes

Featuring a Hudson Valley Premiere of Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes


Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 2019

Wallace Visitor Center, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Hyde Park, NY

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Saturday, June 1,

Symposium Program Day 1:

11:30am-1:00 pm - Tours of the Beatrix Farrand Garden in Hyde Park

2-5:00 pm – Presentations and Panel Discussion (program details below)

5:30-7:30 pm – Catered Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm – Film Screening: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, to be followed by a Q & A with director, Stephen Ives and host, Lynden B. Miller


The panel discussion revolves around a provocative question:  How do we preserve and maintain the iconic yet ephemeral landscapes created by one of America’s leading designers, while simultaneously keeping them dynamic, sustainable, and relevant to the contemporary moment?

Some of the few remaining landscapes designed by Beatrix Farrand are now part of our National Parks.  A panel of landscape architects, horticulturists and educators from these National Parks and their partner groups will discuss a range of issues facing Farrand’s public treasures – from institutional support and partnerships to maintenance, resiliency and sustainability, to relevant educational programing and and community engagement.  

The symposium will encourage opportunities for dialogue, exchange of knowledge, and strategic thinking while creating meaningful connections between participants and their institutions.  

Presentations/Panelists:

Acadia National Park - Gail Gladstone, Landscape Architect and Cultural Resources Specialist
Friends of Acadia - Anne Green, Chair of the Board of Directors

Rock Creek National Park - Julia Washburn, Superintendent
Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy - Lindsey Milstein and Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Gilbert, Board Co-Chairs

Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites- Anna DeCordova, NPS Horticulturist
Beatrix Farrand Garden Association - Karen Waltuch, Horticulturist and Anne Symmes, Garden Educator

Sunday, June 2,

Symposium Program Day 2:

10am - 12pm - Garden Tours*

2 - 3:30pm - Film Screening: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes to be followed by a Q & A with director, Stephen Ives and host, Lynden B. Miller

3:3o - 5pm - Reception and Plant Sale in the Garden at the Bellefield Mansion

*Horticulturists and Volunteers will be on hand to offer informal guided tours

  • The Beatrix Farrand Garden at the Bellefield Mansion in Hyde Park

  • Additional sites TBD

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