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Gardens for a Beautiful America: The Women Who Photographed Them

May 17 - September 7, 2014



Frances Benjamin Johnston with Camera in Garden, Biltmore, Asheville, NC
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina and LoFaro Gallery featured an exhibition of vintage photographs and equipment highlighting the landmark work of pioneering female photographers Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870–1942), Mattie Edwards Hewitt (1869–1956), and Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952).  In addition to historic garden photography by Beals, Hewitt, and Johnston, photo-illustrated books, vintage glass slides, and a digital slide show of hand-colored glass slides were be on view.

Sam Watters, curator of Gardens for a Beautiful America, is an architectural and landscape historian and author of Gardens for a Beautiful America: 1895–1935. He published several books on American houses and gardens and was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times "Home" section from 2008–12.

Digitized Titles in This Exhibition

Woman with rake.


Watch the Opening Day Lecture, "Picturing a Beautiful America", by Curator Sam Watters


About the Garden-wide Exhibition, "Groundbreakers"


Recommended Reading

Cover Art
Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935: Photographs By Frances Benjamin Johnston - Sam Watters
Call Number: SB451.3 .W38 2012
ISBN: 0926494155
Publication Date: 2012-04-11

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The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940 - Mac Griswold; Eleanor Weller
Call Number: SB466.U6 G75 1992
ISBN: 0810933586
Publication Date: 1991-09-30

Cover Art
Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century - Thaïsa Way
Call Number: SB469.9 .W39 2009
ISBN: 0813928087
Publication Date: 2009-04-21

Cover Art
Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them - Cynthia Zaitzevsky
Call Number: SB469.9 .Z35 2009
ISBN: 0393731243
Publication Date: 2009-03-09

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Beatrix: The Gardening Life of Beatrix Jones Farrand, 1872-1959 - Jane Brown
Call Number: SB470.F37 B76 1995
ISBN: 0670832170
Publication Date: 1995-02-01

Cover Art
Beatrix Farrand : private gardens, public landscapes - Judith B. Tankard
Call Number: SB470.F37 T36 2009
ISBN: 1580932274
Publication Date: 2009-09-29

Cover Art
Parks, Plants, and People - Lynden B. Miller; Miller
Call Number: SB470.54.N6 M55 2009
ISBN: 0393732037
Publication Date: 2009-09-21


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