Lunch with America’s First Female Lanscape Architect at the Danbury Museum

Beatrix Farrand, America's first female landscape architect.


On Friday, March 22, the Danbury Museum & Historical Society will be hosting a a lovely lunch buffet with guest speaker Colleen Plimpton as she presents Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered, a 45-minute, first-person presentation of the life, times, and work of this distinguished “landscape gardener.”


Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was America’s first female landscape architect and a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Though overlooked for decades, her work is being rediscovered; many of her gardens, such as Bellefield in Hyde Park, New York, Hill-Stead in Farmington, Connecticut and Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine, have been restored.


Plimpton considers herself both an educator and an entertainer. A popular garden author, lecturer, instructor, and coach, Plimpton is a member of The Garden Writers Association, The Federated Garden Clubs of America, The Nature Conservancy, The Garden Conservancy, Highstead Arboretum, The Connecticut Horticultural Society and The New York Botanical Garden. She has presented to thousands of people over the past several years and has made appearances at the Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Flower Shows.


“We’re so pleased to welcome Colleen and Beatrix Farrand to the Danbury Museum,” says Brigid Guertin, Executive Director of the Muesum. “Learning about Farrand’s work makes a fascinating program for National Women’s History Month. Gardens have always been an important part of the museum’s Main Street campus. This is certainly an inspiring way to kick-off spring and the coming gardening season.”


Admission for this special history program and luncheon is $25 per person. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Seating will begin at 11:30am. The program starts at noon and will conclude by 1:00pm. Phone (203)743-5200 or email to reserve your spot.

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