Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City. In 1982, she rescued and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Her work in New York City includes designs for over 45 different public projects in gardens and parks in all 5 boroughs, for example: Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City and Madison Square Park. She redesigned the plantings for the British Garden in Hanover Square and has reinvigorated the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park.
Her book Parks, Plants and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, published by Norton in 2009 was the winner of American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award. The New York Landmarks Conservancy named her a Living Landmark in 2018.
In October 1999, Smith College honored Mrs. Miller, describing her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.”
A new documentary produced by the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association and directed by Stephen Ives , Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America’s first female landscapearchitect—Beatrix Farrand.
Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Although she created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J.P. Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, she also was an early advocate for the value of public gardens and believed strongly in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better. Through the documentary, Miller journeys to iconic Farrand gardens, engaging designers, scholars and horticulturists in a spirited dialogue about the meaning and importance of this ground-breaking early 20th-century woman. Lynden Miller’s experience as New York City’s most prominent public garden designer is woven into a wide-ranging biography of Farrand’s life and times. Run Time: 62 minutes