Last week I wrote about a series of webinars I’ve been working on with local public gardens called Big Ideas for Small Spaces. I met and chatted with the gardeners caring for these gardens, about the challenges they face keeping a large scale garden looking awesome and the lessons they learned along the way that they took home to their own gardens – and that we can, too.
I hope you enjoyed your peak behind the scenes last week, at the Vanderbilt Historic Site. This week’s treat is quite unique. I visited with Executive Director, Karen S Smythe, and Horticulturist Anne Cleves Symmes, of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, at Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY.
Beatrix Farrand was as famous in her day as her contemporary, Gertrude Jeykell. Somehow she has fallen out of the spotlight over the years, although her work at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C., is still considered one of the finest designs in the world.
Bellefield is a small gem of a garden that borders the FDR Estate. It’s a walled garden, so you’ll be excused if you never noticed it before. Walk through the Arts and Craft gate and catch a glimpse of the talent behind one of America’s first female landscape gardeners. This is one of my favorite Hudson Valley gardens and I think you’ll see why.