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‘Landscape Pleasures’ / Garden Tours, Talks & Film / June 7 – 9 – Art & Architecture Quarterly





Eric Groft, Simon Johnson, and Noel Kingsbury current at

“Landscape Pleasures” Symposium;

A screening of “Five Seasons, The Gardens of Piet Oudolf”

followed by a chat with director Thomas Piper

Garden on Springs Hearth Street, featured on the 2019 Tour. Photograph Jason Dewey.


From Friday, June 7 via Sunday, June 9, the Parrish Art Museum presents quite a lot of alternatives for the public to experience and study gardens and panorama design. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a screening, co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest, of Five Seasons, The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, followed by a chat with the film’s director Thomas Piper. On Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, the Museum presents its annual two-day horticulture event, Landscape Pleasures, featuring a Saturday morning symposium on the Parrish with leaders in landscape structure: Eric Groft, Simon Johnson, and Noel Kingsbury.  On Sunday, registrants take pleasure in self-guided tours of private gardens in Bridgehampton, East Hampton, and Springs. Tickets to Landscape Pleasures begin at $200 for Museum Members/$250 for Non-Members, and embrace admission to the symposium, backyard tours, and Friday evening film. Those not registered for the symposium and tours might attend the movie and speak ( $5 for Members, $15 for Non-Members).


Friday, June 7, 6pm – 8pm


2017, NR, 76 minutes, Directed by Thomas Piper

Adopted by a chat with Thomas Piper and Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan

In collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest

Open to the general public.


Piet Oudolf (b. 1944, Netherland) is a celebrated backyard designer and plantsman whose acclaimed work consists of The Excessive Line, New York; No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris; Lurie Garden, Chicago; Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Venice Biennale. For 35 years he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, and his backyard has develop into famend for its radical strategy and concepts about planting design. Thomas Piper is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker, specializing in documenting modern arts. After finishing a function documentary on the Excessive Line, Piper met Oudolf and was impressed to supply Five Seasons.

The documentary immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his artistic process—from his superbly abstract sketches to theories on beauty and the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions happen by way of all 4 seasons at Hummelo, and during visits to Oudolf’s signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands. Piper, Director of Manufacturing for the Checkerboard Film Foundation, has directed, photographed and edited over 30 movies on artists together with Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, and Kiki Smith; and architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Eisenman, Jeanne Gang, and Steven Holl, among others. Piper and Parrish Director Terrie Sultan talk about the film following the screening.




The Landscape Pleasures Symposium, Saturday from 9am – 1pm, features shows by three leading figures in backyard and landscape design. For registrants solely.

Eric Groft is famend for his numerous residential, business and institutional work, and his interest in   regionalism, consideration to the vernacular, and work with cultural landscapes. Commissions embrace master planning and design efforts for the American Museum and Gardens in Tub, UK. Federal work consists of commissions for the Federal Reserve Campus in Washington, DC, The Friendship Garden at the Nationwide Arboretum, and the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. Groft is devoted to shepherding the evolution of OvS’ New American Garden Fashion, and is an business chief in ecological sensitivity, environmental/wetland restoration, and shoreline stabilization/revetment. He steadily lectures on these subjects and the work of OvS. Revealed residential work is concentrated on the New York and his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. They embrace Manhattan rooftop terraces; Lengthy Island oceanfront estates; historic Connecticut and Upstate New York properties; farm properties in New York and New Jersey; Maryland’s Japanese Shore, and a cattle ranch in Australia.

Simon Johnson has spent the last 30 years engaged on myriad garden and panorama tasks. He and his associates have worked throughout Europe and america, beneath a broad range of physical and climatic conditions, from the shores of the Baltic to the southern Mediterranean, and from Maine to Texas. Although a specialist in English country house responsibilities, current commissions have been as numerous as a chalet in Switzerland, a chateau in Burgundy and the restoration of a garden in Scotland misplaced for 50 years. Johnson will highlight two accomplished tasks—one in England and one in Connecticut, and introduce a current restoration venture in Scotland. This illustrated speak will discover the rules which information his strategy to the gardens that he has made the world over.

Noel Kingsbury is an English designer, writer, and instructor. A gardener since childhood, he has run a nursery, designed gardens, and public areas, and carried out doctoral research at the College of Sheffield’s Division of Landscape on the ecology of ornamental perennials. Greatest recognized for his promotion of naturalistic planting design, Kingsbury is enthusiastic about all varieties of innovation in the backyard or the broader panorama. He is notably fascinated with enhancing educating in horticulture and building international hyperlinks between colleagues. Kingsbury has also written greater than 20 books on garden and landscape matters, together with four with leading designer Piet Oudolf, in addition to the one historical past of plant breeding. At Panorama Pleasures, he will share reminiscences of his 25 years working in the subject, talk about quite a lot of wild-style planting schemes from Europe, and reveal results of his own trialling work.



On Sunday, from 10am – 3pm, ticket holders might participate in SELF-GUIDED TOURS with exclusive entry to the next personal gardens: the Bridgehampton garden of Judy and Aaron Daniels, the East Hampton backyard of Vincent Covello and Carol Mandel, a backyard on Springs Hearth Street, and a garden on Gerard Drive, each in Springs.



On Saturday evening, June 8, from 5:30 – 7:30pm, Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor degree and above will obtain a special invitation to an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the basic Southampton backyard of Clelia and Tom Zacharias. Designed by the late Hal Goldberg, the previous Southampton Rose Society president, the garden was accomplished in 2016. The three important garden rooms are defined by taxus yew and boxwood hedges, punctuated with pleached hornbeam timber. A big English type border is crammed with peonies, digitalis, hardy geraniums, blue phlox, lilies, and ballerina roses.  The boxwood parterre includes numerous white roses, and the shady back garden room is bordered with sarcococca and consists of astilbe, digitalis, and heuchera. The overarching shade theme of the backyard is blue and purple, and within the late summer time the swaths of shade from the lengthy beds of blue vitex and purple continues.

Landscape Pleasures 2019 is co-chaired by Lillian Cohen, Christopher LaGuardia, Martha McLanahan, Linda Hackett Munson, Tony Piazza, Stacy Paetzel, and Dennis Schrader.Tickets for the symposium and backyard excursions are $250 ($200 for Parrish Members). Ticket purchasers at the Sponsor degree and above ($400) are invited to a personal cocktail reception. For extra info or to buy tickets please visit or call 631-283-2118 ext. 150.

Landscape Pleasures 2019 is made attainable, partially, with help from Grand Patrons Meryl Meltzer/Romenesa Foundation, and Lillian and Joel Cohen; Grand Sponsors Linda Hackett and Melinda Hackett/ CAL Foundation, LaGuardia Design Group, Summerhill Landscapes, and Whitmores; and Grand Members Tish Rehill/Gardeneering, Arthur L. Loeb, Owen Brothers Landscape Improvement, Sandy & Steve Perlbinder, and Piazza Horticultural. Hamptons Cottages & Gardens is the media sponsor.

Friday nights are made potential, partially, by Presenting Sponsor:

Further help offered by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


Parrish Art Museum

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Parrish Art Museum photographys © Jeff Heatley.