2015 programs listing coming soon!  Please check back in April.

All 2014 programs take place at Garland Farm unless otherwise noted. Please note that the gardens will be open one hour before and after all programs. Advance registration is required. Fees are $10 for BFS members and $20 for non-members, except as noted. To register, contact programs@beatrixfarrandsociety.org or call 207-288-0237 stating the name and date of the program, number of people attending, and contact information in case of a program change. Be sure to check this website for updates.

Some speakers have provided follow up reference material which can be viewed at After the Program.

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Monday, June 9, 1-3PM
Workshop on Growing Lavender

Lorie CostiganLavender does grow in Maine! Lorie Costigan, whose family owns Glendarragh Lavender Farm, home to more than 4,000 English and French lavender plants, will offer tips on growing lavender and its many uses. Plants will be available for purchase and a raffle for special plants will be held. Advance registration is required.

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Tuesday, July 1, 3-5PM
Beatrix Farrand’s Birthday Celebration

Birthday cakeAll are invited to celebrate Beatrix Farrand’s birthday with the Beatrix Farrand Society. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens at Garland Farm along with a traditional afternoon tea. There is no fee for this event, but advance registration is required.

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Thursday, July 3, through September 11, 1-5PM
Open Days at Garland Farm

There are additional Open Days on Sunday, July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17. All are welcome; a donation of $5 is suggested.

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 Monday, July 7, 1-3PM
What Is Happening to Bats on Mount Desert Island?

bat Bruce Connery, a biologist with Acadia National Park, will explain how an introduced fungus in North America has caused severe decline to the bat population across eastern North America, and in Maine in particular. Learn what can be done to help bats recover on MDI and across the country. Advance registration is required.

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Monday, July 14, 1-3PM
Nature Sketching and Botanical Illustration with the Reef Point Herbarium

botanical illustrationdata:text/mce-internal,A botanical and nature artist, Carrie Graham will present a variety of nature sketching techniques, suggest resources to start a nature sketchbook, and offer tips for beginners. Specimens from the Reef Point Herbarium will be used as inspiration in practicing botanical illustration skills. Advance registration is required.


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Sunday, July 20, 12:30 – 7PM
Landscape Design Seminar and Tour of Private Properties (the tour portion of this event is sold out. Limited space available for Landscape Design Seminar-no fee for seminar. Must pre-register by Thursday, July 17)

Join Dennis Bracale, Kennon Williams, and Lois Stack at Garland Farm for a discussion of landscape design principles, followed by an afternoon tour of several exceptional private properties. Participation is limited to 30 people. This special event is a fundraiser for the Entrance Garden restoration. For more information, contact NeilLHough@aol.com Fee: $250 (includes lunch, bus transportation and reception). Advance registration and pre-payment is required

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Saturday, August 2, 11-11:30AM    Beatrix Farrand Society Annual Meeting

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Saturday, August 2, 11:30AM-12:30PM
GOD’s Botanists, Charterhouse School Herbarium

Andrew Doran

Andrew Doran, Assistant Director for Collections at the University & Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley, will speak about the Charterhouse School Herbarium, located in England. Now named GOD (after the English town Godalming), this historic collection holds specimens dating to the 1780s. Like Beatrix Farrand, whose Reef Point Gardens Herbarium is part of the University Herbaria, many people recorded their collections. This lecture follows the BFS Annual Meeting and there is no fee for the event, but please register. All are welcome.

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 Wednesday, August 13, 1-3PM
Beatrix Farrand as Mentor

8_13Lynden B. Miller will speak about her career as a public garden designer in New York City and how it was influenced by Beatrix Farrand. She will also discuss the New York Botanical Garden’s current exhibition “Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them,” which includes the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. Advance registration is required.

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 Monday, August 18, 1-3PM
Another Independent Woman Named Beatrix

8_18Marta McDowell, who teaches horticulture and landscape history at the New York Botanical Garden, will discuss her new book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. She will examine the plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales as well as give insight into the intriguing character of Beatrix Potter. Advance registration is required.

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 Monday, September 8, 1-3PM
Mosses for Your Garden

9_8Dr. Alison C. Dibble, a research scientist at the University of Maine, will provide tips for enjoying mosses in the garden and other places where they grow. Dr. Dibble has taught courses in moss identification and biology. Advance registration is required.

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Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m
Garland Farm in Words and Pictures
Jesup Memorial Library,  Bar Harbor

Beatrix Farrand and CubbyA rare insider’s look at the Mount Desert Island legacy of renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. Jim and Emily Fuchs and Beatrix Farrand Society archivist Marti Harmon will share a talk and slideshow on Garland Farm, the last home and garden of Ms. Farrand, who lived there from 1955 until her death in 1959.  Read More…

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Monday, September 15, 4:00PM
Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World


Join Abby Parker (COA 2012), horticulturalist at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, and enjoy a screening of a film about the work of seven contemporary landscape architects, including Mia Lerher, Andrea Cochran, and Isabelle Greene. The film references Beatrix Farrand as a trailblazer and also touches on issues such as sustainability and the value of enduring designs.  The film is 73 minutes in length (with a 10-minute intermission). There is no fee for this event, but advance registration is required.


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Directions to Garland Farm

GPS Address:

475 Bay View Drive

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

+44° 25′ 43.81″, -68° 19′ 25.22″

Garland Farm is located on Route 3 on Mount Desert Island. From the island bridge, go east toward Bar Harbor for approximately 2 miles and turn left on Bay View Drive. Turn left into the parking area in the field and follow footpath to barn.

From downtown Bar Harbor, go north on Route 3 passing Hadley Point Road (about 7 miles). Continue .7 miles, turn right on Bay View Drive, then left into the parking area. Do not park on Bay View Drive.

Accessible parking is available with advance notice. Please call 207-288-0237.

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