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Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens

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newyork_bronx_nybg-photogThis summer, check out some great American gardens of the early 20th Century and the women who designed them during a garden-wide exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York City, New York.

It celebrates America’s most influential women in landscape architecture and design as well as garden photography.

Between 1900 and 1930, a sophisticated and thriving garden culture evolved in the United States. Landscape architects completed significant public and private commissions, and magazines and newspapers promoted garden design and horticulture to a growing audience.

As fields associated with domestic life, landscape architecture and gardening offered diverse opportunities to women who entered the workforce during this period. This exhibition celebrates the achievements of some of the most prominent women in early 20th-century landscape design: Jessie Tarbox Beals, Marian Coffin, Beatrix Farrand, Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Ellen Shipman.

In addition to historic garden photography by Beals, Hewitt, and Johnston, photo-illustrated books, vintage glass slides, and a digital slide show of hand-colored glass slides will be on view. The garden at Eyrie, the summer home in Maine of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., is evoked in the Haupt Conservatory. Other exhibition components embrace poetry and music.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them” runs through September 7, 2014.

(Photo courtesy of New York Botanical Garden)

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