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The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND

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The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND
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A Documentary Film by Karyl Evans

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The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND

      This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America.
      This compelling film chronicles the life of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career.
      The documentary takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the country as we explore her personal story and many of her most spectacular gardens, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Maine; and her California gardens.
      The narrative is recounted through interviews with Farrand scholar Diana Balmori, landscape historian Judith Tankard, and landscape architect Shavaun Towers. Current footage and archival stills of more than 50 Farrand-related sites are woven together to bring to life Beatrix Farrand’s extraordinary story, reminding us why her awe-inspiring work is still relevant to this day.

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Beatrix Farrand / Portrait by Jeanne Ciravolo

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Filmmaker Karyl Evans

      Six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans has combined her two greatest professional loves – landscape architecture and filmmaking – to create The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND.
      For the past three years, Evans has focused her attention on researching Farrand’s life and work as many Farrand gardens were being rediscovered and restored, visiting over 50 Farrand garden-related sites from Maine to California and Washington, D.C. to photograph the gardens and to talk with curators, scholars, and gardeners.
      Karyl also conducted research at the Beatrix Farrand Archives at the University of California, Berkeley, where she discovered never-before-published materials now included in her film. The resulting documentary is an inspiring film about Beatrix Farrand’s challenging life and her stunning 50-year career in landscape architecture.
      Ms. Evans, owner of Karyl Evans Productions in North Haven, Connecticut, has produced many historical documentaries over her 30-year career, including Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio narrated by Meryl Streep, which won Karyl the 2016 Most Outstanding Director Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
      Karyl Evans is on the National Speakers List for the Garden Club of America and is a Fellow at Yale University. To learn more about filmmaker Karyl Evans, visit her website at: KarylEvansProductions.com.