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Palladium Musicum Presenting Symposium On Historic Greenwich Gardens

Image of the original Marian Cruger Coffin seaside garden design for the J. Kennedy Tod Estate from an article, House & Garden, March, 1920.
Image of the original Marian Cruger Coffin seaside garden design for the J. Kennedy Tod Estate from an article, House & Garden, March, 1920. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – Palladium Musicum is presenting "Historic Gardens and Their Creators" Symposium on Thursday, May 7, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Historical Society as a contribution to the celebration of the 375th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Greenwich.

The symposium will focus on two pioneering women landscape architects, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) and Marian Cruger Coffin (1876-1957), who were both active in designing and developing the historic gardens of many of the great estates of Greenwich.

The substantial contributions of these women in shaping the formation of the field of landscape architecture in the U.S. will be examined by two eminent experts: Judith B. Tankard, landscape historian and former lecturer, Landscape Institute at Harvard University and author of “The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman;” and Mac Griswold, journalist and cultural landscape historian and author of “The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940.”

Selected commissions for Greenwich estate owners executed by both these female landscape architects will be discussed throughout the symposium.

Coffin was responsible for designing the original seaside garden for industrialist J. Kennedy Tod at his estate, Innis Arden (now Greenwich Point), where the garden's original walls as well as other design elements still exist.

The 26 Greenwich clients of Shipman included Ormsby Mitchell (1929), Joseph Verner Reed (1938), J. Sterling Rockefeller (1938), Herbert L. Satterlee, "The Orchards" (c. 1925) and Henry William Croft, "Grahampton" (1917).

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a reception and refreshments, and concludes with a book signing.

Tickets are $55. For reservations and information, visit the Palladium Musicum website here , email apalladio@mac.com or call 203-661-6856.

The Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, is at 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob.

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