Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9

Weekend Event Schedule

Special Workshop with Noel Kingsbury
Friday, June 7, 10am-3pm.

For additional purchase – not included with Landscape Pleasures tickets.
Workshop generously hosted at Marders. Lunch will be provided.

The rabbit’s eye view – long term plant performance
How long will plants survive? Will they spread? How will my new border look in five years time? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximizing of interest and the minimizing of maintenance at all seasons.
$500 per person ($100 is non-deductible)

Friday, June 7, 6pm (free to Landscape Pleasures purchasers, registration required)

Film & Talk: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Directed by Thomas Piper (2017, Documentary, 1h 16m)
Presented in collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest and followed by a conversation with film director Thomas Piper and Parrish director Terrie Sultan.


The Gardens of Piet Oudolf Photo: Still from Film

SYMPOSIUM, Saturday, June 9, 9am-1pm (8:30am continental breakfast)
Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater


9:00 am
Welcome by Parrish Director Terrie Sultan

9:15 am
Noel Kingsbury
New Ways with Perennials
Noel Kingsbury is an English designer, writer, and teacher. A gardener since childhood, he has run a nursery, designed gardens and public spaces, and done doctoral research at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape on the ecology of ornamental perennials. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design but is passionate about any kind of innovation in the garden or the wider landscape. He is particularly interested in improving teaching in horticulture and building global links between colleagues. He has also written more than 20 books on garden and landscape matters, including four with leading designer Piet Oudolf, as well as the only history of plant breeding.

Perennials are the centre of garden fashion right now, thanks to the upsurge in interest in natives, and the inspiration of designers like Piet Oudolf and Oehme van Sweden Associates. Noel Kingsbury shares his memories of twenty-five years working in the field and shows that there is more to come, introducing us to a variety of wild-style planting schemes from Europe, and reveals some of the results of his own trialling work.


10:15 am
Simon Johnson

On the Making of Gardens
Simon Johnson has spent the last thirty years working on a broad range of garden and landscape projects. He and his associates have worked throughout Europe and the United States, under a broad range of physical and climatic conditions, from the shores of the Baltic to the southern Mediterranean, and from Maine to Texas. Although a specialist in English country house work, recent commissions have been as diverse as a chalet in Switzerland, a chateau in Burgundy and the restoration of a garden in Scotland lost for fifty years.

Simon Johnson will highlight two completed projects—one in England and one in Connecticut, as well as tantalise us with a current restoration project in Scotland. This illustrated talk will explore the principles which guide Simon’s approach to the gardens that he has made across the world.

11:15-11:30 am
Break and Book Signing

11:30 am
Eric Groft
The American Museum and Gardens in Britain: Building a Living Collection

Eric Groft is renowned for his diversity in residential, commercial and institutional work. He prides himself in his sense of regionalism, attention to the vernacular, and work with cultural landscapes. Eric’s commissions include master planning and design efforts for the American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, at which he recently implemented the first phase: The New American Garden. His frequently published design accomplishments in residential work are focused in the New York metropolitan area and in and around his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. They include Manhattan rooftop terraces; oceanfront estates on Long Island; historic properties in Connecticut and Upstate New York; farm properties in New York and New Jersey; Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a cattle ranch in New South Wales, Australia. His federal work includes multiple commissions for the Federal Reserve Campus in Washington, DC. In 2003, Eric updated the landscape design and perimeter security on the facility’s campus and is currently engaged in the renovation of the campus’ William McChesney Martin Building. Recently, He completed a re-design and installation of The Friendship Garden at the National Arboretum. His federal work extends to Bridgetown, Barbados, where he prepared the landscape master plan for the United States Embassy. Eric has a passion for horticulture and is dedicated to shepherding the evolution of OvS’ New American Garden Style. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in ecological sensitivity, environmental/wetland restoration, and shoreline stabilization/revetment. He frequently lectures on these topics and the work of OvS.

OvS Principal Eric D. Groft, FASLA, will explore the process of developing the Museum’s Landscape Master Plan, which extends the experience of American culture and history beyond the doors of the galleries and uses American architectural features and plants to evoke the aesthetic of the United States’ landscape over the centuries. The lecture will touch on OvS’ 2013 cultural landscape analysis, which documents the history, significance, and treatment of the Museum’s 125 acres and evaluates the landscape’s character-defining features, protecting them from undue wear, alteration, or loss. The ensuing Landscape Master Plan organizes the grounds into a series of American-themed gardens and landscape exhibits, including some of the most iconic movements in American landscape design, such as the gardens at Mount Vernon and Monticello; Frederick Law Olmsted and Jens Jensen-inspired parklands; and landscape installations devoted to contemporary garden design.

Eric will illustrate the first phase of implementation, the New American Garden, which redirects guest flow through the Museum grounds and showcases over 12,000 new plants drawn from a palette of American native perennials, an OvS signature element. A nod to Thomas Jefferson’s Winding Walk, the garden bridges the Manor House and the Mount Vernon Garden, providing accessible routes to facilities throughout the property, and restores sweeping views over Bath’s Limpley Stoke Valley. Named for OvS’ hallmark style, the New American Garden is distinguished by a balance of horticultural complexity and architectural craftsmanship. It embraces the seasonality of the American meadow, magnifying its ecological systems, sustainable processes, and aesthetic values.









Noel Kingsbury




Simon Johnson



talks, landscape, groft

Eric Groft


Saturday, June 8  5:30 to 7:30pm

Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor level and above are invited for cocktails at the classic Southampton garden of Clelia and Tom Zacharias. Their garden was designed by the late Hal Goldberg, the former Southampton Rose Society president, and was completed in 2016. The three main garden rooms are defined by taxus yew and boxwood hedges, and punctuated with pleached hornbeam trees. There is a large English style border filled with peonies, digitalis, hardy geraniums, blue phlox, lilies, and ballerina roses. The boxwood parterre is filled with various white roses. The shady back garden room is bordered with sarcococca and includes astilbe, digitalis and heuchera. The overarching color theme of the garden is blue and purple, and in the late summer the swaths of color from the long beds of blue vitex and purple continus.

Sunday, June 9   10:00am 3:00pm
Self-Guided – Rain or Shine


Garden of Judy and Aaron Daniels, Bridgehampton
Landscape Designer: Tina Raver

When Judy and Aaron Daniels purchased their home in Bridgehampton in 1999, it was situated on six acres of undeveloped farmland, bound on the north by a natural pond and a grove of locust trees, and on the south by a nature preserve. A serendipitous meeting between Mr. Daniels and a collector of beech trees, awakened in Aaron a passion for all species of beech — copper, purple, tri-colored, weeping and European, as well as other specimen trees such as the Golden Hinoki Cypress, Dawn Redwood and Cryptomeria. Over the years, the six acres has become a park-like landscape, surrounded by woodland gardens. The influence of British gardens is represented by different “rooms”: a Japanese garden and teahouse at the edge of the pond; a boxwood maze; and a “secret garden” for playing bridge, entered through a deep red wrought-iron gate. These gardens were a delightful collaboration between the owners, landscape designer Tina Raver, and landscaper, Carlos Hernandez.

The challenge of deer and extensive shade required “deer proof” and shade loving plants. Among those that provide a transition to the nature preserve were extended beds of Pennisetum alopecuroides, Miscanthus sinensis, Buddleia and Vilex. In addition, some of the basic plants that were used in the woodland gardens are the following: Piers japonica, Osmanthus japonica and Callicarpa dichotoma “Issai’, fargesia, digitalis, salvia, allium, Hakonechlea Aureolo and several varieties of ferns.

Scattered throughout the property are many sculptures that were created by an international group of artists from England, Poland, Spain and the United States.

Photos: Tina Raver






Garden on Springs Fireplace Road, Springs
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden

Once overwhelmed by shrubs and trees, this two-acre property on Acabonac Harbor in The Springs, NY was completely reimagined as an uncluttered rustic retreat. OvS opened up the site, taming the overgrown cedar trees that crowded the front yard, and strategically placing swaths of grasses and perennials that conceal and reveal the site as guests move throughout. Behind the 18th-century cedar-shake farmhouse, a dining patio is nestled amid Anise Hyssop, Mountain Mint and Switchgrass. An arbor beckons guests along a lawn path that leads to terraces in the rear of the site before opening into an elm-shaded greensward. A 60-foot swimming pool sits on the back third of the property. Surrounded by plantings that cascade over the coping, the pool appears much as a pond in a meadow.

Photos: Top four and bottom left, George E. Brown; Bottom middle and right, Jason Dewey




Woodlands: The Gardens of Vincent Covello and Carol Mandel, East Hampton

Woodlands comprises 31 garden areas flowing one into the other, creating unexpected magical spaces in the East Hampton woods. Typical of many Asian-inspired gardens, there are few flowers, but rather attention to variations, textures and space.  A key feature are the acres of over 80 species of moss.

Gardens areas include: Standing Stones, set in deep moss; Jurassic Park, with plants that inhabited the earth in the age of dinosaurs; the 1491 Garden of native plants that pre-date European contact; the Dancing Chinese Ladies, with limbed up mountain laurels that twirl on a velvet moss stage; Japanese Stroll Gardens with antique Japanese ornaments; and the Chinese Waterfall and Stream based on ancient Chinese garden models symbolizing the passages of life and a vision of paradise.

Photos: Top left, courtesy the homoeowner. All other photos: Claire Takacs

Garden of Vincent Covello and Carol Mandel. Photo: Claire Takacs

Garden on Gerard Drive, Springs
Landscape Designer: Abby Lawless Farm Landscape Design

Located on a spit of land on with lovely views of Acabonac harbor, two properties are joined together for a total of 3.8 acres. The original house was designed by Annabelle Selldorf, with a landscape design that is wild in nature with native oaks, cherries, and cedars. Landscape designer, Abby Lawless began working with the homeowner in 2016, each year further refining and adjusting portions of the landscape.

This wild landscape is an example of how to evolve, respond gently and guide a native landscape. There are woodlands and meadow paths where invasive vines were removed and a portion of the meadow was under planted with Panicum and Fescue. The work on the meadow is in the early stages, with many years of refinement to come.

Some special areas to explore include an enclosed kitchen garden where roses, herbs, and flowers grow free from deer; a charming outdoor dining area sited under a large oak; and a dramatic path with dancing cherry trees under planted with native Carex, Foxglove, Alliums, Hellebores and more.

The property follows perfect earth guidelines for organic and non-toxic landscape care. Caution: There are ticks present on this site, so please use precautionary measures.