Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, author, and preservation
consultant. She received an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for over 20 years. In 2000, she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for her role in the advancement of historic New England gardens.
She is the author or co-author of eight illustrated books on landscape history, including her most recent publication, Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden. Her book, Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes was named an Honor Book for the 2010 Historic New England Book Prize. A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the Cornish Colony won a Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association in 2001 and The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman was recipient of a 1998 book award from the American Horticultural Society. Her books have been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.
Judith’s articles and book reviews have been published in Antiques, Apollo, Arnoldia, Country Life, Horticulture, Hortus, Landscape Architecture, Old-House Interiors, Old-House Journal, Pacific Horticulture, and other publications, and for ten years she served as editor of the Journal of the New England Garden History Society. She recently retired as vice-president and a long-time board member of the Beatrix Farrand Society. In addition, she has prepared cultural landscape histories for the Garden Conservancy, Historic New England, and other organizations. A popular lecturer in the United States and Britain, Judith is a frequent speaker at symposia and conferences devoted to the preservation of historic landscapes, pioneer landscape designers, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and other topics relating to her research.
Judith gardens in the Boston area and on Martha’s Vineyard, but her passion is visiting other people’s gardens. She occasionally leads small groups to visit some of her favorite gardens in Britain. Read an interview with Judith conducted by The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Read about her recent lecture at the Knoxville Botanical Garden.