Welcome to the 2022 season!  We have a wonderful slate of programs and events that we know that you will enjoy. Watch for announcements on our website, follow us on Facebook,  or sign up to recieve our newsletter.

Please be in touch with any questions by emailing programs@beatrixfarrandsociety.org.


All programs are held in the barn at Garland Farm unless otherwise noted.  Programs will also be broadcast on zoom.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Please pre-register by emailing programs@beatrixfarrandsociety.org or by calling (207) 288-0237. Feel free to leave a message telling us which program(s) you plan to attend.

Cost for each program is $10 for Society members, $20 for non-members.  Students are free. 

To reserve and purchase tickets for any event online, just click on the Events and Programs menu above or click the link at the end of each event description.


Valencia Libby: “The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver”

Thursday, July 7 4:00 p.m.

Lord & Schryver, the first landscape architecture firm founded and operated by women in the Pacific Northwest, designed more than two hundred gardens in Oregon and Washington, including residential, civic, and institutional landscapes. Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver met as young women and in 1929 established their highly successful firm in Salem, Oregon; their work is acknowledged as one of the milestones in the history of garden design in the Northwest and beyond. Valencia Libby has researched and taught extensively on women’s contributions to landscape design and horticulture, and has authored numerous articles on landscape preservation and women’s history. Libby’s 2021 book, The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver, recently received the J.B. Jackson book prize from the University of Virginia’s Center for Cultural Landscape and will be available for purchase.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.


Alicyn Smart: “Identifying Plant Diseases”

Monday, July 18 4:00 p.m. On Zoom Only.

Dr. Alicyn Smart, Plant Pathologist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Director of the Plant Diagnostic Lab, will discuss plant diseases, and resources and services offered by the Cooperative Extension’s newly built Plant Diagnostic Lab, a vital resource for disease identification throughout Maine. Dr. Smart will also speak of new and emerging plant disease issues in the state, and measures that gardeners can use to prevent common disease issues in gardens. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the program if you pre-register.

Tickets for this zoom only event can be purchased HERE.


Witold Rybczynski: “Two Walks with Frederick Law Olmsted”

Thursday, July 21 4:00 p.m. At Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor

To commemorate Olmsted’s bicentennial, Witold Rybczynski, author of the prizewinning Olmsted biography, A Clearing in the Distance, talks about the life of the famous park builder, and takes you on a “walk” through two of his most memorable landscapes, Prospect Park in Brooklyn and the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC. Rybczynski studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal, where he also taught; he is currently emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written eighteen books on subjects as varied as the evolution of comfort, a history of the weekend, American urbanism, the development of a new community, and a search for the origins of the screwdriver. His essays have appeared regularly in Architect and The New York Times, and he has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.


Judith Tankard: The Beatrix Farrand Society Annual Lecture “Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect”

Saturday, August 6 4:00 p.m. Holy Family Church, Seal Harbor

Judith Tankard returns to present her latest research on the current state of Beatrix Farrand gardens, including the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, the International House Courtyard at the University of Chicago, Garland Farm, Dumbarton Oaks, and Dumbarton Oaks Park, among others. Tankard’s research led to an updated edition of her distinguished monograph on Farrand, available for purchase at this event. Tankard is a landscape historian, preservation consultant, and the author or co-author of ten books on historic gardens and garden designers. She is a frequent lecturer on landscape history and a contributor to the British journal Hortus. The annual lecture is free and open to the public.

Please register to attend this free event HERE.


Dan Pearson: The Beatrix Farrand Society Achievement Award and Lecture

Thursday, August 11 4:00 p.m. Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor

Dan will talk about his journey as a garden and landscape designer, from a childhood obsession with the pond life in his parents’ garden, and through a burgeoning schoolboy interest in plants both native and ornamental which led to his formal education in horticulture at RHS Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He will touch on a number of his recent and current public projects that aim to engage and educate visitors about nature, including the visionary Tokachi Millennium Forest on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and his as yet unrealised plans for the Dartington Estate in Devon, where he walks in the footsteps of Beatrix Farrand. Pearson is a British landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer and gardener whose work is characterised by an innate sensitivity to place, an intuitive and light-handed approach to design, a strong ecological approach to benefit biodiversity, bold and painterly naturalistic plantings and deep-rooted horticultural knowledge. He is a Member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD), an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Hon FRIBA) and a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2022 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. The achievement award lecture is free and open to the public.

Please register to attend this free event HERE.


Emily Henry: “Sustainable Floristry in the Home: An afternoon of technique, design and local flowers”

Saturday, September 10 11:00 a.m. Cost: $90 includes materials

Emily Henry, owner of Chickadee Hill Flowers, will speak about the sustainable floristry movement, and its place and importance in our homes and communities. Henry will also offer an arranging demonstration of different techniques, design principles, and the best ways to showcase the beauty and sophistication of local, seasonal floral material. The class portion of the program will focus on design, with Henry spending one-on-one time with participants working through different concepts and challenges that arise during the arranging process. Participants will leave with an arrangement in hand.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.


Cathy Rees: “Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden for Every Season”

Wednesday, September 14 4:00 p.m.

From the time the leaves drop in October until they begin unfurling in May, our Maine gardens spend seven months in a leafless, dormant state. Winterland was written for northern gardeners and designers who want to celebrate their outdoor spaces during the winter months. In her talk, Rees will discuss design strategies to employ, elements to emphasize, and gardening practices to adopt that will make your garden more engaging both throughout the winter and during the other seasons. Thoughtful gardening for the austere season will heighten the beauty and functionality of your garden year-round. Rees is co-founder of Native Gardens of Blue Hill and has been working in and designing Maine gardens for over 25 years. The garden is where her interests in design and ecology come together. Rees’s book, Winterland, will be available for purchase.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.

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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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