Public gardens can benefit by focusing on women as past and future contributors of note to the field of landscape design. Three public gardens will reveal how the contributions of Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman, groundbreaking women in landscape architecture, helped further the field of landscape architecture and bring women into the field. The public work of select contemporary female designers will then be profiled illustrating a sustained level of women’s impact on the design world. These qualitative reviews will reveal immediate opportunities for gardens to enhance design solutions for diversifying audiences while inspiring attendees’ to open their minds to perspectives perhaps less recognized, raise the profile of female designers, and reveal opportunities for women’s career progression.

Resources on Women in Landscape Design:

A companion resource list to the presentation Genius from Gender Diversity in Design at the 2019 Annual Conference in D.C. 


F. Harwell, Rhodeside & Harwell, Alexandria, Virginia; S. Munroe, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia; J. Kavalier, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, District of Columbia; T. Belt, Tregaron Conservancy, Washington, District of Columbia