Parrish Art Museum in Southampton Long Island NY offered their art patrons a fabulous chance at a journey Down the Garden Path in their 30 yr series Landscape Pleasures, a horticultural event that spanned 2 days of symposia + garden tours at private residences of:
Daniel Chung & Alexandra Alger
This contemporary house and garden, designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, occupies approximately three acres on Jones Creek, a tidal tributary to Georgica Pond in the estate district of East Hampton. A forecourt provides parking with minimal visual impact on the landscape, and the plantings here include a grove of birch trees, a collection of Witch-hazel, and Japanese White Pine. Stone and granite cobble walkways framed by evergreen groundcovers take visitors to broad and inviting front steps. A textured stone wall shields an intimate courtyard off the living room from the more public areas. On the pool terrace, a long angular swimming pool and hot tub are surrounded by a profusion of ornamental grasses and summer blooming perennials. A wooden bridge connects this area to an outdoor living room with fireplace and a dining terrace fragrant with herbs.
Theodore & Ruth Baum
The “Sand Trap” was designed by Southampton architect Mark Mathews. The owners wanted a clean modern beach house sited over the magnificent dunes. It wasn’t until 2007, when they sold their principal residence in New Jersey and brought some of their outdoor sculpture to Southampton, that their focus turned to the landscape. While the house was intended to showcase the magnificent bay and ocean vistas, the landscape was designed to complement both the views and the sculpture. The plant material was chosen for its mid-to-late summer interest, to withstand deer and the tough ocean climate, as well as to compliment the sculptures by Joel Shapiro, Joseph Lieberman, and Tom Sachs. A sculpture by John van Alstine greets you upon entering the property. The landscape was created by Mario Nievera, who also designed their Palm Beach property, and Miki Gilsenan of Tara Gardens in Southampton.
Joan & Mort Hamburg
The idea to preserve nature, views of the water, and beautify the existing environment with flowers that would adapt to the very wet soil of this property was the major concern for landscape designer and founder of Unlimited Earth Care, Frederico Azevedo. It was important not only to preserve existing trees, such as the monumental Atlas Cedars, but also to create a new and inviting flow to different areas, such as the exquisite moss garden and floral gardens, with a large profusion of color. To blend all the different areas, an antique copper fountain was installed, brick patios were created, and bridges were built without disturbing the character of the grounds or existing vegetation. Achieving magnificent results of color contours and focal points in different sections of this Sagaponack garden, nature was preserved and wildlife encounters a perfect setting.
Gus & Liz Oliver
Designed in concert with the house itself, and adjacent to a nature reserve, this garden is intended to take advantage of the clean Shaker quality of the architecture and the natural beauty of the surrounding wetlands. A few clusters of Wild Cherry and Swamp Maple had grown up in a fence row through the middle of the site. The owners, along with landscape designer Edwina von Gal, decided not only to keep them but also to add more to create the illusion that all the trees were pre-existing. To the east of the house are trees and shrubs with interesting bark or off-season flowering that may be viewed from within the home. The pond, installed at the same time, was planted to blend with the adjacent wetlands, and the site graded to provide some changes in levels and vistas. Over the years, things have evolved: the edges between the new and old have blurred, deer have invaded, trees have fallen, and the pond is a bird haven.
Bridge Gardens, a project of the Peconic Land Trust, covers five acres and consists of an Inner Garden and an Outer Garden. Developed first, the Inner Garden features a large, meticulously-trimmed knot garden surrounded by beds of 180 different culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and textile and dyeing herbs. Overlooking these plantings, the garden house is the manager’s residence/education center. In the Outer Garden, the favorite attraction is a collection of antique and modern roses. Bridge Gardens also contains animal topiaries, a lavender parterre, perennial beds and borders, a water garden, woodland paths, a hidden bamboo room, double hedgerows of privet with viewing ports, and specimen shrubs and trees.
Eric D. Groft, Principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design
Whether it’s a ten-foot-square city terrace or a ten-acre expanse, the same principles apply: the intelligent use of positive and negative space, of form and scale, of light and shadow, of rough and smooth textures. Find the connection between the path in a garden and the horizon of an iconic painting, the syncopation of jazz and the free form of nature, and the intrigue of a good novel and the mystery of a thoughtfully sculpted landscape. Learn to think not in terms of borders and beds or even paths and meadows but of a tapestry woven from sky, trees, rocks, vines, flowers, grasses, and space.
Eric D. Groft, Principal at Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc in Washington, DC, has over twenty-five years of experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. Mr. Groft has a passion for horticulture and is an industry leader in environmental/wetland restoration and shoreline stabilization/revetment. His residential designs are focused in the New York metropolitan area and in and around his home town of Annapolis, Maryland. They include Manhattan rooftop terraces; oceanfront estates on Long Island; historic properties in Connecticut and Upstate New York; farm properties in northern New Jersey; and a 3,500-acre nature preserve/ hunting lodge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Mr. Groft is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. He was an adjudicator for both the competition to redesign the grounds of the Washington Monument and Luxury Pools’ 2012 Pinnacle Awards. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in geography/ environmental science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
Doug Reed Reveals: Behind the Scenes of the Parrish Landscape Design
World-renowned landscape architect Doug Reed and Parrish Director Terrie Sultan will engage in a lively conversation about Reed Hilderbrand’s innovative vision for the landscape of the new Parrish facility in Water Mill. The two will talk about the creative process and inspiration for the design, and give a behind-the-scenes look at the unique collaboration with a team of architects, engineers, and the client to realize what is certain to become a destination on the East End.
Doug Reed founded Reed Hilderbrand in 1993 and has shared design direction with Gary Hilderbrand since 1997. He has directed the design and implementation of numerous projects around the country, including the one-acre sculpture garden at the Phoenix Art Museum, the United States National Arboretum, and projects at the historically significant sites of Mount Auburn Cemetery and The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Reed Hilderbrand is also the landscape architect for the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.
Mr. Reed’s work at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio, received the Award of Honor for landscape preservation from the American Society of Landscape Architecture and the Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a founding board member and cochair of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. In 2005, he and Gary Hilderbrand were selected as Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York. Mr. Reed is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was recently a Resident at the American Academy in Rome.
Paula Hayes: Landscapes, Exhibitions and Living Works in Glass
Paula Hayes will conduct a visual tour of the recent projects featured in her new monograph from The Monacelli Press. She will discuss how the intersections between art, design, landscape design, and ecology have formed her approach to making work over the past two-and-a-half decades.
For two decades Paula Hayes has combined her interest in fine art and landscape design into a unique practice that straddles the realms of art, design, landscape design, and domestic wares and garden products. She received an MFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC in 1989 and a BS from Skidmore College in 1987. Since 2000, Ms. Hayes has designed private residential landscapes for such clients as Marianne Boesky, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicholas Rohatyn, Rafael and Diana Viñoly, David and Monica Zwirner, Mickey and Jeanne Klein, and Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis. She has created public landscapes for The Howard Hughes Medical Research Campus in Virginia, the W Hotel South Beach, Florida, and the Hauser and Wirth Gallery in New York City.
Edwina von Gal: The Unbeaten Path
Edwina von Gal will discuss how she has developed as a designer over the years and how following her love of plants, nature, and design has taken her to places, both literally and professionally, that she could hardly say she planned.
Since establishing her landscape design firm Edwina von Gal + Company in 1984, Ms. von Gal has been responsible for numerous public and residential projects within and outside the United States. She has been the recipient of several awards for her garden and landscape designs, such as the AIA and ASLA Merit Awards, and the Garden Writer Association of America 1998 Quill & Trowel Award for her book Fresh Cuts.
Ms. von Gal’s work has been published in such prestigious magazines as Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Martha Stewart Living, NY Times Magazine, and Vogue, among others. She was selected by architect Frank Gehry to design the botanical park for his museum in Panama, the Biomuseo. Notable clients have included Glimmerglass Opera House in Cooperstown, Great Hill in Central Park, and Rockefeller Center, and private clients Ross Bleckner, Louise Grunwald, Calvin Klein, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lauren, Richard Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Riggio, Charlie Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Weinstein, Ian Schrager, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Serra, Larry Gagosian, and Ina Garten. She is currently at work on a park in downtown Newport, RI with Maya Lin.
Landscape Pleasures has been made possible, in part, by generous underwriting support from HSBC Private Bank, Lillian and Joel Cohen, Linda Hackett/CAL Foundation, Mrs. Mildred C. Brinn, Gale and Ira Drukier, Elizabeth and David Granville-Smith, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Arthur L. Loeb, and Dudley and Alex Mason. We are also delighted to acknowledge Hamptons Cottages & Gardens as our media partner.