Judith B. Tankard releases the second
edition of Ellen Biddle Shipman and
the American Garden.

Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, author, teacher, and preservation consultant. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for over 20 years and has an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Tankard is the author or co-author of ten illustrated books on landscape history, including the second edition, Ellen Shipman and the American Garden.

It is clear from her life’s work that Tankard has a passion for preserving irreplaceable landscapes and educating others about cthem. In an interview with the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Tankard expresses the importance of preserving these beautiful spaces, “I would encourage people to work on both the local and national levels in raising the public’s consciousness about the importance of saving cultural landscapes and the irresponsibility of losses of irreplaceable landscapes due to ignorance, bureaucracy, and greed. Knowledge is the key to understanding preservation.

(You can read the full interview here.)

While researching and writing her first book about Ellen Biddle Shipman, Tankard was shocked to learn that out of Shipman’s 600 designed gardens, only a handful remained in recognizable form. This discovery sparked a dedication to the importance of cultural landscapes, such as Longue Vue House and Gardens, and their continued preservation.

In this second edition of Ellen Shipman and the American Garden, Tankard describes Shipman’s remarkable and unusual life, especially her years in the artists’ colony of Cornish, New Hampshire, and her major works, including the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida; Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio; Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.

Longue Vue House and Gardens as one of Shipman’s remaining creations, is open for self-guided tours of the gardens and docent-led tours of the house seven days a week from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

The Shop at Longue Vue House and Gardens will be carrying copies of this wonderful book. To reserve a book in advance, please contact Marguerite Andrews at mandrews@longuevue.com.

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