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Upcoming Scholarly Event: “Working with Farrand/Farrand at Work”

Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium Friday, March 8, 2013
Upcoming Scholarly Event: “Working with Farrand/Farrand at Work”

Abbe Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Seal Harbor, Maine, 2012. Photo by John Beardsley.

Dumbarton Oaks announces a one-day colloquium on Beatrix Farrand, the renowned landscape architect and designer of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. Titled “Working with Farrand/Farrand at Work,” the colloquium will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013. It will foreground Farrand’s thought and practice, and explore the efforts of current designers to work with surviving Farrand landscapes, adapting them to current conditions and purposes. Among the speakers will be Michael Van Valkenburgh on his firm’s work at the Princeton campus; Thaisa Way on Farrand’s relation to emerging ecological practices in the early twentieth century; Betsy Anderson on the entrance drive at the Mount and its anticipation of ideas about sustainable design and storm water management; Dennis Bracale on the relationship between Farrand and the Rockefellers at the Abby Rockefeller Garden; Mary Carroll on Farrand’s work with Lockwood de Forest at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens; Robin Veder on walking in the Dumbarton Oaks gardens; Patrick Chassé on lost Farrand landscapes; and Judith Tankard on Farrand’s later years and the move from Reef Point to Garland Farms.

The aim of the Colloquium is to introduce new and unpublished research, much of it by practitioners who are attentive to history and engaged in research. It is also meant to foster discussion of current stewardship of significant Farrand landscapes, including Dumbarton Oaks. The day will begin at 9:00am and run until 5:30pm, with a break for lunch from 12:30 to 2:00pm.

Reservations are required and are first come, first served. Please RSVP by March 1 to Landscape@doaks.org or 202-339-6460.

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