The Parrish Art Museum will be hosting four acclaimed designers on June 9th and 10th in the 29th annual Landscape Pleasures. This year’s event is titled “Down the Garden Path” and is sponsored by HSBC Private Bank, Lillian and Joel Cohen and Linda Hackett/Cal Foundation. On Saturday after a continental breakfast, there will be a symposium with some of the nation’s most celebrated landscape professionals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The talks will feature Eric Goft, Paula Hayes, Doug Reed and Edwin Von Gal. On Sunday, attendees will enjoy a self-guided tour of the area’s most breathtaking gardens, some of which were designed by the event’s speakers.
Eric D. Goft’s presentation titled “The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design,” will delve into the process of landscape design and his career as a landscape architect. With 25 years of experience under Goft’s belt, he is the leader in environmental and wetland restoration and shoreline stabilization and revetment. As a principal at Oehme, Van Sweden & Associates in Washington D.C., his genius expands from residential, commercial and institutional work. His residential work includes Manhattan rooftop terraces, oceanfront Long Island estates, historic properties in Connecticut and upstate New York, farm properties in New Jersey and a nature preserve in Maryland. Goft is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a board member of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Following Goft will be Doug Reed and Parrish Director Terrie Sultan in a talk titled “Doug Reed Reveals: Behind the Scenes at the Parrish Landscape Design.” Reed and Sultan will discuss the creative process and inspiration that is required for landscape design and talk about the process of collaboration between architects, engineers and the client. In 1993 Reed founded Reed Hilderbrand in Watertown, Mass., and he started collaborating with Gary Hilderbrand in 1997. Reed’s projects include a one-acre sculpture garden at the Phoenix Art Museum, the U.S. National Arboretum and historical sites including Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Reed is also co-chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and recently was a resident at the American Academy in Rome. Next, Paula Hayes will give a visual tour of her recent projects featured in a new monograph from the Monacelli Press. The New York based landscape designer and artist will discuss the interactions between art, design, landscape and ecology that have inspired her work for over 25 years. Her private clients include big names like Marianne Boesky, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicholas Rohatyn, Rafael and Diana Vinoly, David and Monica Zwirnir, Mickey and Jeanne Klein, Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis, to name a few. Her public projects include the Howard Hughes Medical Research Campus in Virginia, The W Hotel in South Beach, Fla. and Hauser and Wirth Gallery in New York.
Edwina Von Gal will showcase the developmental process as a designer. Von Gal has been published in notable magazines including Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Martha Stewart Living, New York Times Magazine and Vogue. Her public projects include the Glimmerglass Opera House in Cooperstown, Great Hill in Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Private clients include Ross Bleckner, Calvin Klein, Richard Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Riggio, Charlie Rose, Larry Gagosian and Ina Garten. Her accomplishments have earned her many awards including the AIA and ASLA Merit Awards and the Garden Writer Association of America 1998 Quill & Trowel Award for her book “Fresh Cuts.” Recently Frank Gehry selected Von Gal to design a botanical garden in Panama called The Biomuseo. Following the symposium on Saturday, there will be a book signing.
On Sunday at 10 a.m. there will be a series of self-guided private garden tours. The gardens featured on the tour will be Alexander Alger and Daniel Chung’s East Hampton home, which is designed by Oehme Van Sweden; Gus and Liz Oliver’s house in Sagaponack, designed by Edwina Von Gal; Theodore and Ruth Baum’s estate in Southampton; Bridge Garden on Mitchells Lane in Bridgehampton sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust; and Joan and Mort Hamburg’s private garden in Sagaponack.
Tickets are $150 for Parrish members and $200 for nonmembers. Ticket includes admission to symposium and garden tours. For additional info or to purchase tickets call 631-283-2118 ext. 42 or visit www.parrishart.org.