Landscape Pleasures Symposium and Tours 2016



Saturday, June 11
Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater

8:30am Continental Breakfast

9:00am Darrel Morrison
Landscape Design as Ecological Art
Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a long-time advocate of observing the naturally-evolving landscape to inform and inspire landscape design. He has taught landscape architecture/design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Georgia, and Columbia University over a span of 45 years, and has designed gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas; the University of Wisconsin Arboretum; Chicago Botanic Garden; New York University; New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and has worked with Storm King Art Center in the Hudson River Valley, and Greentree Foundation on Long Island on their extensive native grassland plantings.

The naturally-evolving landscape provides both information and inspiration for the design of landscapes that are simultaneously ecologically sound and aesthetically rich.  We will look at patterns and processes in the natural landscape and then see how they can provide the basis for designed landscapes that are "of the place", and which evolve over time.  Examples of such designed landscapes will include Storm King Art Center, The Old Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden, and the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

10:10am Andrea Cochran | FASLA | Principal
Capturing the Ephemeral
Winner of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture, Andrea Cochran, FASLA, believes that her field has the power to alter perception and ultimately initiate a deeper respect for the environment. The works of her San Francisco-based firm, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, invite users to forge new relationships with their surroundings. By juxtaposing ordered architectural forms with the permeable, mutable materials of landscape, Andrea draws attention to important moments in nature and highlights changes over time. As a result of this sustained body of work, she received the 2014 ASLA Design Medal and the 2015 Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architecture Residency at the American Academy in Rome.

Andrea Cochran’s work bridges landscape design with the realm of artistic practice. She will discuss the process of creating landscapes that make visible the ephemeral and transitory elements of our natural world.

11:15am Perfect Earth Project
The Landscape Pleasures Committee is delighted to welcome Perfect Earth Project to speak about their initiatives in promoting toxin-free land management around the world. The Parrish Art Museum is proud to announce that the Museum grounds and meadow are now PRFCT.

11:30am Charles A Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
Make Visible, Instill Value and Engage the Public in Our Shared Landscape Heritage
Charles A. Birnbaum is President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Prior to creating TCLF, he spent 15 years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in NYC with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. He has authored/edited numerous publications including Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation (Princeton Press), Shaping the American Landscape (UVA Press), Design with Culture (UVA Press), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (Spacemaker Press), and Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill). Charles is a Fellow of the ASLA, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s GSD, and a Rome Prize recipient. He was awarded the ASLA’s LaGasse Medal in 2008 and the President’s Medal in 2009. He is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

What is the foundational knowledge that informs stewardship/interpretation of our landscape legacy? How do we assign value and assess significance for landscapes in The Hamptons? How can we work (and communicate) holistically across multiple disciplines? How do we make a landscape’s layers of history (a.k.a. “palimpsest”) known and understood? Then, armed with this foundational knowledge, how can we tell these stories to the broadest possible audience?

Drawing heavily on both the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) with many of our collaborators, this lecture will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout Long Island and the Nation, emphasizing stewardship strategies and opportunities for public engagement.

Finally, the interface between history/historic preservation and natural systems/ecology in weighing decisions will provide an armature for new ideas and strategies. 


Saturday, June 11  5:00 to 7:00pm

Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor level and above are invited for cocktails, hosted by Tim Davis of the Corcoran Group, at the modern Wyman estate on Pond Lane, and situated on 15 acres with views of Lake Agawam in Southampton Village


Sunday, June 12   10:00am – 3:00pm

Self-Guided - Rain or Shine

Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice

The site of a former nursery is now a stunning two-acre retreat for two art collectors and their young, active family.  The garden, designed by Oehme van Sweden, responds to the ecological sensitivity of the region, provides vibrant horticultural display, and offers multiple forms of active and passive recreation. Hardscape features are arranged in rectilinear angles in response to the house’s hierarchy of straight lines. The realized design unites architecture and landscape architecture in a sculptural composition, and allows the home to appear as if it has always been part of the region’s contextual fabric.

Herb and Karen Friedman

Armed with architectural plans they liked for their Mediterranean stucco farmhouse, the Friedmans hired landscape architect deLashmet & Associates in 2004 to site the house and develop the gardens on a difficult deeply sloped site. The house was turned to the back of the property and positioned to take advantage of the landscape, which now has the feel of a park. The native and varied plantings, steep grade changes, and retaining walls make the property seem very expansive.

The courtyard is framed by a row of clipped linden trees, a stucco folly and multiple pocket gardens that give the feeling of being in the South of France.
Out the kitchen window is a potager garden in close proximity to a rose covered dining arbor. Down a cascading step-down stone path are numerous magnificent gardens of varied eye catching plants of many varieties, which unfold as the season’s progresses.

We are forever grateful to Jack deLashmet for his brilliant design, creativity, attention to detail, and love of beauty, as well as his friendship and support.

Victoria & Jack Rovner

Set on a rolling two-acre farm in historic Sagaponack, NY, the Farmview Residence blends minimalist architecture with naturalized landscape. The layout of the house was a carefully thought out collaboration between landscape architect, architect, and client to disturb as little land as possible. In doing so, the property retained its original character and sense of place. A fruit tree orchard and several old growth London Plane and Maple trees set the framework for the master plan. With a focus on sustainability, the site design limits the use of lawn to a single panel of mowed grass adjacent to the house. The remainder of the property was seeded with an indigenous mix of fescue grasses and left as rolling meadow.  A simple and refined materials palette of wood and concrete reflect the native environment, seamlessly tying together structure and site.

Loren Skeist and Marlene Marko

This serene, 7 acre English-style landscape features two large, centrally located koi ponds with water gardens, set within open lawn and arboreta which are, in turn, bounded by a series of informal garden environments, hidden paths and scenic viewing spots.  At the entrance, the visitor’s eyes are initially drawn to an exuberant flower garden, but soon the sound of water falling draws attention to a multilayered grouping of trees (Japanese Scholar, Evodia, Japanese Maple, Redbud and dwarf conifer) partially obscuring a stream-fed koi pond.  This intimate setting serves to heighten the surprise as the visitor moves past the 1850s cottage and begins to discover the scale and variety of this garden.  Plant lovers will enjoy the collections of unusual coniferous and deciduous tree cultivars.  Those interested in garden design will find few straight lines as rocks, sculpture, garden structures and recreational areas are integrated into living environments that invite the visitor to pause and be mindful, and then to explore further.

Walking east, from the large koi ponds, a broad lawn leads up a hill, past an orchard, to a scenic overview of the garden.  One can descend on the south side through a collection of dwarf conifers set in a rock garden, or on the north side past stands of native black cherry, red cedar, blueberry, sourwood, witch hazel and bayberry onto a rustig zigzag bridge.  Crossing the bridge takes you to another viewpoint - a gazebo placed in a circle of maples and Rose of Sharon.  Looking west from the gazebo, you see a golf green in the distance framed by a mixed evergreen alee.  Looking south, tupelo, bald and pond cypress, birch and smokebush line a usually dry stream bed.  Walking toward the putting green, you may discover a hidden path, and unusual sweetgum, zelkova, dove and oak cultivars.  Turning south to return to the entrance you pass a shade garden under dawn redwoods and view lawn planted snowbells, silverbells, stewartia, snakebark maple, and magnolias.  Before leaving, you may wish to linger at a meditation pond hidden under Himalayan pine and Cedars of Lebanon.

Created out of wonder at the beauty and variety of plants, we appreciate your interest and welcome suggestions.

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