A skilled designer and founder member of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1899. Beatrix Farrand was born in New York, a niece of Edith Wharton
. She studied under Sargent at the Arnold Arboretum and became expert in both planting and construction design, learning through reading and travel, notably with her father's sister, Edith Wharton. The contemporary garden authors Beatrix Farrand admired were Gertrude Jekyll , William Robinson and Thomas Mawson. She became more skilled than Mawson in design, often producing design details at 1:1 or 1:2. Beatrix Farrand acquired Jekyll's plans during the Second World War and bequeathed them to the University of California. Her Arts and Crafts style can be seen at Dumbarton Oaks, which has become a centre for the study of landscape architecture. Beatrix Farrand also worked on the graduate college gardens at Princeton University and the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale.