Rose Standish Nichols: Garden Designer and Writer

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Judith B Tankard, Guest Lecturer

Free for ICAA Members
$20 General Public

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Rose Standish Nichols was among an elite group of East Coast women who took up residential garden design in the early 1900s when the profession of landscape architecture was in its formative stage. Her colleagues Beatrix Farrand, Marian Coffin, and Ellen Shipman among others are better known because they focused exclusively on garden design, while Nichols was a prolific author, antiquarian, and political reformer, among other roles. Most of her gardens, which ranged from New England to the South have disappeared except for several in Lake Forest, Illinois, where she collaborated with the architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Rose was born into an old Boston family with ties to both Winslow Homer and Augustus Saint-Gaudens and her formative years were spent in the famed Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire where she learned the finer points of garden design. An inveterate traveler with a critical eye for design, Rose’s most lasting claim to fame were her articles on design for House Beautiful and her books, English Pleasure Gardens, Spanish and Portuguese Gardens and Italian Pleasure Gardens. Today her family home is the Nichols House Museum on Beacon Hill in Boston, where one can learn more about her life and accomplishments.

Judith B Tankard is a landscape historian and author of Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Ellen Shipman and the American Garden, and Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes.

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