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2/24/2016 - Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered

MEDIA RELEASE, February 24, 2016, Southbury, CT

Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered

Enjoy a presentation about famed landscape architect Beatrix Farrand on Friday, March 18th from 2-3pm in the Southbury Public Library’s Kingsley Room. Colleen Plimpton will inform and entertain audiences as they learn how Farrand (1872-1959), America’s first female landscape architect and a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, was overlooked for decades. Fortunately, her work is now being rediscovered. Many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY, Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, ME, have been restored. This talk is a dramatic, first person presentation of the life, times and work of this distinguished “landscape gardener” presented in period dress. A slideshow of Beatrix Farrand’s gardens will play in the background on the library’s big screen projector.

Colleen Plimpton is a garden author, lecturer, instructor and coach. She is a member of Garden Writers Association, the Federated Garden Clubs of America, and many other groups. Her award-winning one-acre ornamental garden was on numerous tours, and serves as a living classroom laboratory where she teaches gardening classes. Her essays, memoir pieces and feature articles appeared in publications such as Fine Gardening, GreenPrints, Connecticut Gardener and Toastmaster. Her most recent book is a gardening memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life. Her next book tells the unsung stories of American women garden leaders from the 1890’s to present day. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Contact: Emily Oumano
Southbury Public Library Reference Department
203-262-0626 ext. 130