Screening: "The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand”
Documentary filmmaker and six-time Emmy Award-winner Karyl Evans presents a screening of her film on the life and career of American landscape architect Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959), whose work included gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; and gardens at Caltech and Occidental College, among other commissions. Farrand, the niece of Edith Wharton, grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought the challenges of a male-dominated profession to successfully design more than 200 landscapes during her remarkable 50-year career. From 1927–41, Farrand lived on the Huntington property in San Marino with her husband, historian Max Farrand, during his tenure as the first director of the institution. The couple lived in the Director's House (now the Huntington President's home), where some traces of the gardens that Farrand designed for that residence still remain today. Following the 40-minute film, Evans will discuss the restoration of Farrand's work at Yale University. The program is presented as part of the California Garden & Landscape History Society Lecture Series.
Photo credit: Portrait of Beatrix Farrand by Jeanne Ciravolo