28. No life is well-rounded without the subtle inspiration of beauty. 
      –Beatrix Farrand


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Photo by Dino Palomares

In 1912, landscape gardener Beatrix Jones was commissioned by Princeton to plan the grounds of its new Graduate College. Upon this project’s completion, she was asked to draw a plan for the entire campus and became the consulting landscape architect for the University. For the next thirty years, she transformed the vistas of Princeton by supervising the planting and removal of trees, shrubs and vines around 75 buildings, with nearly every individual choice planned and justified. In 1913 she had married Yale history professor Max Farrand (Princeton ’1892), but students knew her best as “the bush woman,” even though her trademark was actually the use of vines and creepers on walls. Farrand later applied her skills to a dozen more college campuses, including the University of Chicago and Yale, as well as the grounds of the White House and the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC. Even today, the renowned beauty of the Princeton campus owes much to the artistry of Mrs. Farrand.