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As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Litchfield Garden Club, the Litchfield Historical Society is sponsoring a one-day symposium, Groundbreaking Women: Garden Design and the Colonial Revival, on Monday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The day's speakers will focus on the Colonial Revival gardens and garden design, looking at the role of women and the ways in which they used gardening as a means of extending their concerns and activities from the private, domestic sphere to the public work of civic beautification and conservation. The guest speakers at this year's symposium are well-known in the fields of American and horticultural history, botany, and journalism.
Judith B. Tankard—landscape historian, author, and preservation consultan—will discuss influential, early 20th-century garden designers Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Shipman and their contribution to the history of landscape architecture.
Mac Keith Griswold, journalist, garden historian, and director of archival research at the Sylvester Manor Project, Shelter Island, New York, will deliver a talk based on her new book, The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, and Cornelia Horsford, the first woman in her family's history to own this property.
In "Learn to Grow:- 'the trained hand with the trained mind,'" Jenny Rose Carey, director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, will explore the Victorian study of nature and botany morphed into the struggle by women to study horticulture and landscape design in the early twentieth century.
Susan Williams, professor of U.S. history at Fitchburg State University, will uncover the deep messages within Alice Morse Earle's popular early twentieth-century books on gardening. While Earle discussed garden design, she also reflected her deeply held faith in the educational and therapeutic power of gardens and gardening.
To learn more about this event, the speakers, or how to register for the symposium, please see our website at http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/2013symposium.php. Tickets are $35 for members of the Historical Society and the Litchfield Garden Club; $50 for non-members; and $35 for students, with an optional $15 lunch. Registration is required—please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 567-4501 by October 21.