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Beatrix Farrand Film Screenings

  • November 19, 2018
  • Occidental College (Nov. 19) and Marin Art & Garden Center (Nov. 27)


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Film: "The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand"

Occidental College, Monday, November 19

Marin Art & Garden Center, Tuesday, November 27 


Documentary filmmaker and six-time Emmy Award-winner Karyl Evans will present 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. Farrandthe 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 1927–1941, 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, 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. 

Portrait of Beatrix Farrand by Jeanne Ciravolo
A trailer for the film can be found at the director's web site

For further reading: 

See articles from our which was dedicated to the work of Beatrix Farrand: Spring 2011 edition of Eden 

Read historian (and CGLHS board member) Ann Scheid's  account of Farrand's time in San Marino: on the Huntington's blog, Verso:

Beatrix Farrand at the Huntington 

Upcoming Screenings: 

Occidental College

Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. 

Johnson Hall, Choi Auditorium 

1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles 90041

Following the film, historian Ann Scheid will speak about Farrand’s work at Occidental College.

Please find an interactive map of the campus here: Johnson Hall is in the center of campus, on the main Quadrangle. 

Closest parking is the visitor lot at the main entrance to campus, or the visitor lot in front of the Collins House, the Admissions Office.

Marin Art & Garden Center

Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

The Studio at MAGC

Marin Art & Garden Center 

30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957

Event will feature a Q&A with the director Karyl Evans and screening of the film, followed by a wine reception. Co-sponsored by the California Garden and Landscape History Society.

Tickets: $15

Discounted tickets for CGLHS members: $10

To register, go to and use discount code “CGLHS”

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