Landscape Pleasures Symposium and Tours 2015



Saturday, June 13
Parrish Art Museum
Lichtenstein Theater

8:30am Continental Breakfast

9:00am Cole Burrell Finishing Touches: The Power of Details in Garden Design
C. Colston Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, and photographer. The author of twelve gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener, and naturalist. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants, and ecology, sharing his knowledge and passion with professional garden designers and garden enthusiasts for 40 years. Cole leads garden and natural history tours throughout the United States and abroad. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008, Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices. He gardens on ten wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Ever wonder why some gardens make your heart sing? Chances are you are responding to details. All gardens have well defined spaces and good planting—great gardens stand out because of details. From paving patterns to stonework, fencing, containers and sculpture, the details in both functional and artistic elements make a garden personal and magical. This lecture celebrates spaces of various sizes that combine form, color and texture in hardscape and plants to fashion memorable places.

10:15am Janice Parker 
Creating Landscapes-Vision and Process
Since creating Janice Parker Landscape Architects in 1984, Janice Parker has cultivated the firm to national prominence. Under her guidance, the firm has been honored with multiple awards including the 2012 National Palladio Award for Landscape Architecture, four Innovation in Design Awards from Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, the 2015 Professional Merit Award from CTASLA, and the A List Award from At Home Magazine in 2011. Janice was involved in the formation of New York City’s Million Trees project, and designed The Cherry Tree Project for the Harlem River Esplanade. Her firm’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Vogue, and Luxe Interiors + Design. She has conceptualized and directed innovative Landscape Architecture for national private and public clients. Her firm’s reputation is one of thoughtful and unique landscapes, with a dedication to the natural environment and excellence in design. Janice’s notable career has embodied the essence of mentoring, teaching, and volunteering.

This lecture will share expertise and inspiration, as well as offer real-life information about landscape and garden creation and process. Essential aspects of the actual process from envisioning, inspiration and conceptual design, styling and planting will be parsed apart and illustrated. At the heart of the talk is the inclusive and innovative approach to design of the cultural landscape. Janice will be discussing the myriad of challenges presented in creating visionary landscapes on sites that are real—and as such, constantly revealing strength and weakness. The goal of the vision and the process to find the balance!

11:15am Edwina von Gal, Perfect Earth Project
Edwina von Gal, president and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, will give a short overview of the organization’s goals: to raise consciousness about the dangers of lawn toxins and to provide education in how to do PRFCT-ly fine without them.  She will have lawn basics cards to hand out and will be available to answer questions following the symposium.

11:30am Luciano Giubbilei  Creating Atmosphere-The Power of Collaborations
Luciano Giubbilei was born in Siena, Italy, and went to London in 1994 to study at the Inchbald School of Design before establishing his own garden design practice in 1997. Luciano designed the gardens which won the British Association of Landscape Industries Principal Awards for Best Domestic Garden Scheme in the UK in 2001 and 2006, and has since won twelve other industry awards, including gold medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 and 2011, for the Laurent-Perrier Garden. At the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show Luciano created a third garden for Laurent-Perrier, which was awarded a third gold medal and the event's most prestigious accolade, the Best in Show award. In 2010, Luciano published his first book The Gardens of Luciano Giubbilei. He is a Member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD) and in 2011 was invited to be a fellow of The RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts). In 2012, Luciano started an experimental bed at the renowned Arts & Crafts garden, Great Dixter in West Sussex, in collaboration with head gardener Fergus Garrett. Today, Luciano is known for the understated elegance and timelessness of the gardens he creates.

Luciano has been deeply influenced by the black and white photographs of Villa Gamberaia taken in 1966 by Balthazar Korab. Given a book by the then Head Gardener Silvano, which was at Gamberaia since after the war, the emotional effect that he felt in those images was something he couldn't explain—the composition, the deep shadows, the misty air, the plant arrangement and the Villa—all of the elements are equally important to transmit the feeling that he was experiencing. In designing gardens, Luciano became to realize that this is what we do—we create atmospheres, places where every element is equally important to make connections with our inner lives and the outer world. 

Collaboration has always been at the center of his design development. Making gardens is a process that fascinates Luciano. It is a place where he can lose himself—it is challenging and realizing at the same time. It has interconnecting qualities, fulfilling his dreams, so that he can explore possibilities and learn something new on each project. Collaboration with artists has taught Luciano that it isn't just about the placement of the sculpture as an object, but also the interaction with the artist and what that interaction provoked. Instead of designing gardens with a singular vision, Luciano understands that the spirit of collaboration is the element that pushes the creative process harder and harder, moving him from comfortable familiar language. 


Saturday, June 13  6:00 to 8:00pm

Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor level and above will be invited for cocktails at the breathtaking Southampton garden of Marcia Riklis. This classic windswept oceanfront estate has fantastic sunset views over Shinnecock Bay. Designed by Edwina von Gal with Abby Clough Lawless of Farm Design, the property offers a variety of seating areas, gardens and paths that take advantage of grade changes and the micro climates they afford.


Sunday, June 14   10:00am – 3:00pm

Self-Guided - Rain or Shine

Jane & Michael DeFlorio
East Hampton

The Buell Lane garden combines two adjacent residences into a single property, centered around a one-acre oval lawn and connected by a long alley of Hydrangea trees. The “oval” configuration was inspired by the homeowner’s active family and passion for hosting large outdoor events throughout the summer season. As garden enthusiasts, the homeowners desired a landscape that offered visual interest during all four seasons: boxwoods and evergreen hedges were interspersed with flowering groundcovers and a variety of Hydrangea. As one moves from the central oval to the main house, the landscape becomes more intimate in scale. This transition is pronounced by a subtle lift in topography and the use of parterre gardens to enclose small courtyards. These more refined spaces around the main house offset the openness of the oval and bring a sense of privacy to the family.

Eleanora & Michael Kennedy

A simple stone garden incongruously nestled in the swale of the dunes on the Atlantic Ocean in Wainscott.

David Kleinberg
East Hampton

When designing his East Hampton gardens, David Kleinberg began by reorienting access to the pool, making it a more dramatic focal point. From there he drew inspiration from traditional English gardens and designed a grid with strong geometric forms close to the house and pool that transition to a more naturalized landscape and meadow further away. He incorporated an existing crab apple orchard in the meadow and chose mostly rhododendron, hydrangea, boxwood, and ornamental grasses for the borders. A hedged pergola links the main house to the garage and a long, meandering driveway leads one to the front door. David worked in conjunction with Hal Goldberg Gardens & Landscapes to actualize his designs.

Toni Ross

It is immediately evident upon entering this property that the homeowner’s lifestyle revolves around the three F words: Family, Friends, and Food. The unique compound of structures is revealed to be an artist’s studio and gallery showroom, pool house, and residence in the style of a Japanese farm house. This is the home of Toni Ross—renowned artist, restaurateur, philanthropist, and uber mom—and her family. Toni’s casual, relaxed, and streamlined property offers a true respite from her busy life.  Appointed with generous outdoor living space designed for entertaining on both intimate and grand scales, the landscape is a fourteen-year collaboration between the home owner and Tony Piazza of Piazza Horticultural. As a pioneer in the toxin free land care movement, Toni is proud that the property has been organically maintained, and that the landscape has been recently edited to remove invasive grass species. The property features astounding meadow and creek views, monumental stonework paths and seating, innovative fencing solutions, and a productive vegetable garden/berry house/apiary space. Walking through Toni’s newly expanded, light-filled studio, visitors can view her recent work consisting of grouped and individual sculptures, as well as works on paper that often include clay, graphite, pastel, and collage. 

Robin & Fred Seegal

Situated in the exclusive enclave of the Georgica Association, this one-acre garden is Oehme van Sweden’s take on the classic style of the Hamptons. The vehicular circulation is neatly organized and concealed along a private hedge that is not clipped, but allowed to run wild. Grecian urns announce the entry garden and direct guests to the front door. Reminiscent of an English cottage garden, the entry features roses, hydrangea, astilbe, salvia, lavender, sage, and hardy geranium framed with a White Rose of Sharon hedge. Seated on a plinth of lawn, the house is oriented toward the ocean-side landscape. From the house, a river of lawn sweeps around to a lap pool surrounded by perennials and grasses bringing the ocean to the edge of the pool. A dunescape planted with native grasses and a boardwalk protects this sensitive landscape while providing access to the shore.

Click here for images of the gardens to be featured on the 2015 Landscape Pleasures garden tour.

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