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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: BEATRIX FARRAND’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GARDENS

  • November 13, 2010
  • November 14, 2010

Beatrix Jones Farrand was born into one of the wealthiest families of old New York – and the “keeping up with the . . .” reportedly refers to her family! This niece of Edith Wharton took up landscape design in her early twenties, confounding what was expected of such a grand young woman in the 1890s.


In 1927, her husband historian Max Farrand was appointed director of the Huntington Library – and Southern California would be blessed with Beatrix Farrand gardens: the director’s house at the Huntington; the courtyard of Dabney Hall at Caltech; parts of Occidental College; and the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden among them. On Saturday’s tour we will explore the remnants of a few of her gardens.


On Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. garden historian Judith Tankard will discuss her latest book, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.


Image: Max and Beatrix Farrand in their garden at the Director’s House, Huntington Library, late 1930s. Photo courtesy of the Bar Harbor Historical Society