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The designed landscape is where nature and art intersect.
Landscape architects shape the space around us, working in a discipline that coalesced in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This three-session class will introduce the work of three of the groundbreakers in the profession and highlight why their work has continued to captivate visitors for a century:
April 5: Frederick Law Olmsted who, with Calvert Vaux, designed Central Park. He went on to shape parks, campuses and communities around the country. We will compare Olmsted’s ideas of the democratizing influence of parks to Walt Whitman’s.
April 12: Beatrix Jones Farrand, a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, who inspired a generation of women to take up the profession. We will also explore the connections with author Edith Wharton, Farrand’s aunt, and their mutual friend, Henry James.
April 19: Ellen Shipman was an artist and avid gardener who joined the practice of Charles Platt, an architect, then launched a wildly successful independent career as a landscape architect for American estates. We will see how Shipman’s prowess in art and horticulture were expressed in designs for clients.
Each session will highlight extant landscapes designed by this trio in New York City metro area and beyond.
The class will take place on Monday, April 5, 12 and 19 from 12-1:30 pm ET. Sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing.
Programs taking place online:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.
Programs taking place in our NYC facilities:Please read our safety guidelines before visiting our building.
Programs taking place online and in our NYC facilities:Please select which experience you wish to participate in when registering. Online participants will be emailed an access link after purchase. In-person participants should read our safety guidelines before attending the program.
Marta McDowell is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life (Timber Press, 2019) and many other articles and books about authors who garden. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.
Pioneering Landscape Designers
Peter Hoffman in Conversation with Adam Gopnik