Online: Beatrix Farrand, Landscape Architect

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Step back in time and learn how the first woman landscape architect created a business in 1895 that would rival any of her male contemporaries. Beatrix Farrand would create the campus landscapes for some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. Her garden designs beautified the homes and estates of clients across the country. John Cilio will highlight how she prepared for her quest to be a landscape gardener, built a lucrative business and designed gardens as a beautiful canvas. Twelve of her gardens survive across the country and we’ll highlight the three surviving Connecticut gardens that have been restored. 

 John Cilio is a historical storyteller, author and a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. He is a storied researcher who has brought historical stories back to life for over 15 years. He retired from IBM corporate marketing communications and has published seven historical books and numerous articles for national and regional periodicals. His book about the evolution of helicopters, whose foreword was written by a son of Igor Sikorsky, is a listed reference source at the Smithsonian Institution. He is an honorary member of the Danbury WWII Lost Squadron veteran’s organization and lives in Connecticut.  

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