Landscape Pleasures Symposium and Tours 2018

LANDSCAPE PLEASURES 2018 WEEKEND SCHEDULE (see link to garden tour photos below)


Saturday, June 9
Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater


Continental Breakfast

9:00am  Chris Siefert - Welcome

9:15am Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her practice focuses primarily on cities and the urban landscape and the work spans from site-specific art installations to working with cities at strategic planning levels. Schwartz is an advocate for how cities can help to reduce climate change and support a more sustainable approach to diminishing resources. She continues her devotion to the built environment through pushing new boundaries and expressions as a designer. She understands design as a method through which to create social buy-in and the creation of value for public spaces. 

As principal of Martha Schwartz Partners in London and just recently, New York, she has over 30 years of experience as a landscape architect and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world with a variety of world-renowned architects. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; the Women in Design Award for Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Ireland; a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute; Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her outstanding contribution to UK design; visiting residencies at Radcliffe College and the American Academy in Rome; an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects; and most recently the Council of Fellows Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

For more than thirty-five years, Martha Schwartz has been challenging conventional landscape aesthetics. With her background in fine art, Martha’s work in her formative years questioned the absence of art in the profession. Now, her firm pushes the boundaries of the practice by integrating art, landscape-based technologies and ecology to create sustainable landscapes that are imbued with cultural resonance and meaning. 

At the heart of her design approach is the belief that gardens are a laboratory for experimentation, to be used as a foundation from which to explore ideas within the larger context of landscape. From its form to its living and inanimate features, elements of the landscape are seen as an artistic medium through which seminal design can be expressed. This is a necessity for making spaces that people will love and cherish and ultimately sustain.

Join Martha on a journey through a showcase of her more significant garden works, during which she will share the inspiration and process through which they were realized – and continue to strongly influence and inform her firm’s approach to typologies across the globe.

10:15am Peter Wirtz

Peter Wirtz, the Belgium-based landscape architect of Wirtz International, is renowned as one of the world's foremost landscape architects and noted for his use of undulating boxwoods and yew hedges. Wirtz along with his brother Martin joined their father's firm in 1990. Their work can be seen throughout Europe, the United States, Israel, and Japan in some of the world's grandest gardens.  

Writer Molly Beauchemin has written, “In presentation, Wirtz speaks about plants as if they are the tools of a true artiste—he talks about the importance of using curvilinear plantings inside of a square space to elicit a feeling of free-flowing continuity; this is portrayed beautifully in the geometric Ficus trees he plants on a property in Florida, or in the lavender plants in the brick surrounding a pool in the Mediterranean….he demonstrates the ways in which nature can be harnessed to ‘fill out’ a garden design: plants that eventually grow lush in the summer heat can be used soften the ‘harshness’ of a flat, straight wall.”

Wirtz International NV, and its sister company, Wirtz Tuinarchitectuur NV, together form the largest landscape garden design business in Belgium. Founder Jacques Wirtz was born in Antwerp in 1924 and established the company in 1950. Since then, the business has grown into a family company that has been led by his two sons, Martin and Peter, for the last 25 years. Wirtz International NV comprises 12 full-time designers and Wirtz Tuinarchitectuur NV comprises 40 full-time gardeners.  It makes designs of the highest class—from the original concept and schematic suggestions, to the end phases of the building process. Wirtz also takes care of the maintenance of the projects executed.

11:30am Mikyoung Kim
Bridging the Art and Science of the Landscape

Mikyoung Kim is an international landscape architect and this year's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award Recipient. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to heal the mind and body and bring whimsy to the collective human experience. With a background in music and design, she brings a rich understanding of choreography and multisensory design to all of her projects. Mikyoung has been named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and Architizer Magazine recently named her as one of the best landscape designers on the planet. The work of MYKD has received numerous design excellence honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architect, the General Services Administration, and the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Currently, Mikyoung is part of the Smithsonian Museum “American Voices” Collection and has been featured in major publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine

Mikyoung Kim will share how her work and the work of her team at MYKD inhabits the intersection of art and science. From the sculptural expression to ecological systems to the artful gardens based on restoration research, MYKD’s work expresses how seamlessly science and art can meld and support one another.  Mikyoung Kim will share projects such as the Chongae River Restoration Project, the Crown Sky Garden of Healing, the Chicago Botanic Garden Regenstein Learning Center and the Prudential Plaza in downtown Boston.  


Saturday, June 9  6:00 to 8:00pm

Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor level and above are invited for cocktails at the Sagaponack home and sculpture garden of Susan and Louis Meisel. 


Sunday, June 10   10:00am – 3:00pm

Self-Guided - Rain or Shine

Garden of Jan & Randy Slifka
Landscape Architect: Oehme van Sweden
East Hampton Village (limited viewing from 11am-2pm)

Located along the base of the “Second Dune” in the famed estate district of East Hampton, this is truly a unique property. The initial design phase of the property’s garden reimagined the planting around the existing swimming pool. Designed to provide privacy from the neighbors, the palette is rich with intense color and texture during the swim season. Today, much of the original planting remains and incorporates many of the plants that OvS made famous with the widely-recognized New American Garden style: Pennisetum, Miscanthus, Sedum, Euphorbia, and Buddleia.

Situated on nearly 2 acres of land, the owner worked with architect Andrew Pollock to design a new house with a traditional gambrel exterior, and a modern interior to house an extensive art collection. OvS collaborated on the design of the new garden. A wide bluestone walk, lined with towering Cryptomeria, Astilbe, and Hydrangea, ushers guests to the front door.

The garden features a multitude of perennials to create color fields. The owner was deeply involved in the creation of the garden and chose perennials such as Peonies, Campanula, Iris, Lupine, Coreopsis, Salvia, Astilde, Hibiscus, Digitalis, Veronica and Eremurus to compliment the palate traditionally used by OvS.

The screened veranda and lily pond on the garden side create the illusion that house floats on the pond, adorned with aquatic plants and a cluster of three water jets. Stepping stones jog across, alluding to the Japanese tradition of an “evil spirit bridge”.
Sweeping lawn paths connect to other areas of the garden. These paths are framed by large sweeps of grasses and herbaceous plantings that recall the history of the dune location and ocean-scape beyond.

Calf Creek Cottage
Water Mill
Landscape Designer: Harmonia Inc.

A quiet secluded "cottage between the mansions," on waterfront Calf Creek. The landscape design is in keeping with the Mediterranean charm of this special property. Outdoor living amenities are what are important to this home. Limestone courtyards and terraces, a full service outdoor kitchen and walk-through kitchen garden, lap pool, spa, and group lounging space with fire pit have been designed to support this family's desire to extend its days outdoors. 

Privacy screening is offered all year round through the mature Rhododendron stands. This home is an example of a four-year work in progress, the client selecting specific areas each spring season to focus on, considering her family's needs throughout the process    

Garden on Christopher Street
Southampton Village
Landscape Architect: Sawyer|Berson

A rigorous hierarchy of spaces defines this landscape which, while modern in spirit, relies on classic European forms and proportions for its inspiration and layout. The structure of the garden is provided by canopies of London plane trees, allees of little leaf lindens, colonnades of fastigiate purple beech and layers of delineation achieved with borders of clipped privet, purple barberry and Korean boxwood. The program elements include a zero-edge swimming pool, a tree-shaded outdoor dining area, a parterre garden and a perennial flower border alongside the main lawn.  Instead of gravel for pathways and drives, crushed oyster shells are used throughout with the cast stone pool terrace, paving stones and steps custom-colored to match.

Garden on Little Plains Road
Southampton Village (limited viewing from 10am-1pm)

This two-acre wildflower meadow, under a canopy of trees, was designed by Bruce Kelly in the mid-1980s.  A graceful stand of bamboo houses a small pool, with “Harvest”, a fountain sculpture by Milton Herbold. The walkways are lined with lupines, daisies, cosmos, black-eyed Susans and a host of other wildflowers. The garden also features beautiful roses and a gazebo.

Garden of Mary Ann Tighe and Dr. David Hidalgo
Southampton Village
Landscape Architect: Quincy Hammond

Hollyhock is defined by its century-old Copper and Japanese Maples, carefully preserved remnants of its past as part of the Golden Age estate Red Maples. Nestled beneath these magnificent trees, lush formal gardens are loosely inspired by Dumbarton Oaks and include a Maillol-centered boxwood parterre, aerial hornbeam hedge, cutting gardens and finely crafted stone details.

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