December 11, 2019
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Judith Tankard to give lecture and book signing for Beatrix Farrand Society

Community Author: Kerri Sands
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Judith B. Tankard | Contributed
Judith B. Tankard | Contributed

BAR HARBOR  — Judith B. Tankard will give a lecture on American landscape architect Ellen Shipman (1869-1950) for the Beatrix Farrand Society 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Gates Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St.

Shipman, a contemporary of Beatrix Farrand, was famous for designing lush gardens as well as for training women in her thriving New York City office. During her 40 year career she designed over 600 gardens from New England to the Midwest and the South. Her gardens were renowned for their dense plantings and charming architectural features. Tankard will discuss Shipman’s remarkable life and some of her major commissions that have been recently restored, such as the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, preservation consultant, and the author of ten books, including “Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes”. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for 10 years. She was a board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society for 10 years, serving as vice-president for two. She lives in Boston and gardens on Martha’s Vineyard.

After the lecture, she will sign copies of her book “Ellen Shipman and the American Garden” (University of Georgia Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. This prize rewards contributions to the intellectual vitality of garden history and landscape studies.

Visit for a campus map and parking information. Carpooling or use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. No admission will be charged but pre-registration is required; contact

The Beatrix Farrand Society is a nonprofit organization founded to foster the art and science of horticulture and landscape design, with emphasis on the life and work of Beatrix Farrand. Visit for more information.