American gardens to visit

Lotus Land Santa Barbara Dunbarton Oaks  Washington DC – Created by landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand between 1920 and 1940.  She built full scale mock ups of the important parts of the garden for the travelling diplomats.  But did you know that she was an integral part of the history of Acadia national park?  While Rockefeller built carriage routes through Desert Island Maine, Beatrix followed planting natives to enhance the roadside beauty and preserve especially scenic views.  To both their minds, nature was a salve for human ills.  Her body of work played out this mindset across acres from Washington DC, New York and Maine.  In California her efforts small for the requirments of remotely managing the large build of Dunbarton.  Consideration was even given to a future where Dunbarton would become a public and the adjustments needed. If you can’t travel then I highly suggest watching the Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes.  Reef point in Maine – what outdoor beauty could bring to the human experience.  A landscape study center.  A private home transformed into a botanic garden.  A horticulture study center.  Charles Sargent.  1947 wildfire destroyed 20000 acres including much of Bar Harbor.  1955 Reef point was shutdown when resources including a horticulturalist could not be found.

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.