Ellen Biddle Shipman at Graycliff Lecture 

Sunday, March 7th, 2021, 5:00 PM EST  


Join us for a virtual lecture presented by Rebecca Allan that explores the work of Ellen Biddle Shipman and the gardens she designed at Graycliff. Learn about the restoration of the garden under the guidance of horticulturist/agronomist Nellie Gardner and Graycliff's Executive Director, Anna Kaplan.


This talk is free to everyone via zoom.

Please email womeninhort@gmail.com to receive the zoom link. In the subject line of the email write "Ellen Biddle Shipman Lecture" so we know what event you are registering for.

--- Graycliff ---


One of America’s most accomplished garden and landscape designers of the early twentieth century, Philadelphia-born Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) was among the first women to establish her own New York City-based landscape design firm. Shipman’s contributions to the design and cultivation of gardens has influenced landscape design in ways that merit much greater visibility.  From 1929-1931, Ellen Shipman conceived and planted extensive gardens at Graycliff, the summer home of Isabelle and Darwin D. Martin, in Derby, New York. The estate was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1927 and 1931. Layering her own ideas within an initial landscape plan by Wright, Shipman created extensive gardens incorporating native plants and local materials that provided beauty, nourishment, and inspiration to the Martin family.

--- Ellen Biddle Shipman ---

Presenter Bio:

Rebecca Allan is a Bronx, New York-based painter and horticulturist who established her firm, Painterly Gardens, in 2018. A former plant records manager at Iroki Garden, she has a background in museum education, and has published writings on both art and horticulture.

--- Rebecca Allan ---

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