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In conjunction with the Royal Oak Foundation, Longue Vue's fall lecture features landscape historian, author and preservation consultant Judith Tankard. The lecture entitled "Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden" covers her book of the same name, and is devoted to Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most important garden designers of the twentieth century.

Jekyll laid the basis for modern garden design and popularized an informal, naturalistic look in counterpoint to the rigid, formal landscapes of the Victorian era. Her collaboration with Edwin Lutyens produced garden masterpieces of the Arts and Crafts movement.

In 1996, Tankard wrote The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman highlighting the works of Longue Vue landscape architect and interior designer, Ellen Biddle Shipman. Longue Vue remains one of Shipman's most intact garden designs.

The lecture takes place on October 18 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to stroll through the gardens of Longue Vue afterwards. Tickets are $30 for members of Longue Vue and the Royal Oak Foundation and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 1-800-913-6565, extension 201 or visit online.


About Longue Vue House and Gardens
Founded by philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, Longue Vue is a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens that include an interactive Discovery Garden for children. This National Historic Landmark serves as one of New Orleans' premier education and cultural resources. Longue Vue is open seven days a week to the public for tours of the home and gardens, special events and programs. Visit for more information.

About Royal Oak Foundation
The Royal Oak Foundation's mission is to inspire Americans to learn about, experience and support places of great historic and natural significance in the United Kingdom in partnership with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As an independent not-for-profit organization, the Foundation enables Americans to support the Trust's critical conservation and acquisition priorities as well as educational and scholarship programs in the United States. Visit for more information.



About Judith Tankard
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 20 years. Her articles and book reviews have been published in many magazines, including Hortus, Apollo and Country Life. She lectures regularly both in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is the author and co-author of seven illustrated books on landscape history, including most recently Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden. Visit for more information.