Discover the lesser-known contributions of professional women to American landscape architecture and the female photographers who captured their work on film at the New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition, Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens & The Women Who Designed Them. This exhibition, which takes place from May 17 through September 7, explores the burgeoning age of gardening and the contributions of American women who emerged as influential professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, design, and photography. The following images, courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden, highlight some of the must-see features of the exhibition.
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The Blue Garden at Beacon Hill House (located in Newport, Rhode Island) was photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston in 1914. Johnston was a pioneer of garden photography, her career spanned 60 years, and she would later become an important documentarian in the field of American historic preservation. Such photographs are the only record of many early gardens and this exhibition shows the rare, early residential works of the designers through vintage images.