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Ellen Shipman and the American Garden

May 17, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

A Shepaug Libraries Program

Hosted by the Gunn Museum

Please join us on Zoom with art historian Judith B. Tankard for an illustrated presentation about the history of American gardens. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for this free virtual program. Click here to register. The presentation is being co-sponsored by the Gunn Historical Museum and the Washington Garden Club.

From the 1910s through the 1940s, Ellen Shipman (1869-1950) designed over 600 gardens, from New England and Long Island to the Midwest and the South. Her secluded, lush formal gardens attracted a clientele that included the Fords, Edisons, duPonts, and other prominent names. She trained in the famed Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire and ran a thriving office in New York City, exclusively employing women. Most of her early gardens have vanished, but several important gardens, such as Longue Vue in New Orleans and the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, have recently been restored. Her garden “style” continues to influence designers today. This lecture will identify her unique style and her renown as a significant landscape architect.

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May 17, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Gunn Memorial Library
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