Garden Dialogues Explore Synergy Between Designer And Client
Salisbury estate. Photo: Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
By Lisa Green
Thanks to the myriad of house and garden tours and “open days” throughout our region, garden aficionados have fairly frequent access to some magnificent private gardens. There, the artful landscapes self describe the what and where of garden design, but missing is the why and how these particular Edens came to be.
On July 31, two distinguished residential estates in Salisbury, Conn. and Millerton, New York will set the scene for Garden Dialogues, a special tour series that benefits The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Larry Weaner, one of the foremost landscape designers in the country — and the designer for these two properties — will engage in a conversation with his clients on the collaborative process between client and designer.
The day offers a unique form of a garden tour in which both the client and the designer participate, revealing how the project was realized. How do designers and clients work together? How do clients get their vision across? What makes for an enduring collaboration?
Millerton estate. Photo: Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
The day begins at a contemporary property in Millerton, where a nuanced treatment in which formal planting arrangements and dramatic stonework dissolve gradually into designed meadows and carefully managed woodlands. In the afternoon, the tour moves to a large estate in Salisbury, where designed natural landscapes run up to and envelop a Georgian mansion with stately formal gardens. The owner, who has won national awards and recognition for management of her estate, will be joined by her on-staff horticulturalist in this Dialogue.
“We get rave reviews from people on the Dialogue series,” says Nord Wennerstrom, director of communications for the Cultural Landscape Foundation. “They connect people to places, which is our mission, but they also give people a depth of understanding they wouldn’t get otherwise.”
Each tour lasts about an hour and a half, and participants are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy on the grounds at the first tour. Weaner is providing a jitney from a meeting location in Salisbury to each venue. Tour size is limited and reservations are necessary. The event is tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Garden Dialogues: New York-Connecticut
Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.