Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, preservation consultant, and the author or co-author of ten books on historic gardens and garden designers, most recently Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Other books include Ellen Shipman and the American Garden (winner of the J. B. Jackson Book Prize) and three works on Gertrude Jekyll. Tankard taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for more than twenty years and served as a board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society. She is a frequent lecturer on landscape history and a contributor to the British journal Hortus.
Named a Best Book of 2022 by the American Society of Landscape Architects'With copious illustrations and a handy listing of all Farrand's known work, Tankard's book will serve as the definitive survey of this most remarkable designer, whose gardens provided both private estates and public spaces with elegant, naturalistic plantings and routings.' - The New Criterion 'Well-researched, well-photographed, and beautifully produced volume on the life and career of a real garden artist and hero.' - The New York Botanical Garden 'This well written and deeply researched book . . . will surely remain the standard work on Beatrix Farrand for years to come.' - Gardens Illustrated 'This book brings to life the gardens of a nascent and grand American landscape style, influenced by European gardens, modified for the nouveaux riches . . . For English majors, this book does double duty as a companion to Aunt Edith [Wharton's] novels.' - The New York Times Sunday Book Review'[Farrand] gets her due in this lovely coffee-table book filled with her meticulous plans, archival photographs and lovely illustrations.' - The Chicago Tribune '[An] authoritative biography . . . the writing is well researched [and] refreshingly spare.' - Landscape Architecture '[This book] is thoughtfully presented by a scholar who is both rigorous and intuitive . . . and it's beautiful.' - Old-House Interiors 'You certainly won't be disappointed with the new book by Judith Tankard. It's a welcome addition to the genre, written in an easy to read style, and it covers all the important facts and facets in the life of a most fascinating woman.' - Garden Design Online'The definitive biography of Farrand, filled with gorgeous photography.' - The Dirt