Ellen Biddle Shipman, the original designer of the Tregaron landscape, played a central role in American landscape architecture in the 20th century. Between 1914 and 1950, Shipman designed over 600 gardens from Long Island to Washington state. Shipman was famed for her lush gardens and her imaginative approach to design. Her clients included the du Ponts, Astors, Fords and Edisons.
The Library of American Landscape History and University of Georgia Press have recently published Ellen Shipman and the American Garden by noted landscape historian Judith Tankard. Tankard describes Shipman’s remarkable life as a pioneering female landscape architect and her design achievements, including the landscape at the Tregaron Estate (initially named “The Causeway”). The book features several photos of Tregaron, both historic images of Shipman’s woodland gardens and new photos reflecting the Conservancy’s achievements in renewing the landscape.