Landscape Pleasures for the Parrish Art Museum

Down the Garden Path
Among the gardens on the tour will be that of Gus and Liz Oliver in Sagaponack, designed by Edwina von Gal. John Hall

    Landscape Pleasures: Down the Garden Path, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual two-day horticultural event and fund-raiser, will be held this weekend.
    On Saturday morning, Eric Groft, Paula Hayes, Doug Reed, and Edwina von Gal, all noted landscape designers, will participate in a symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then on Sunday, a self-led garden tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include four private gardens, several of which were designed by the guest speakers, and the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton will be open to ticketholders.
    The co-chairwomen for this year’s event are Lillian Cohen, Martha B. McLanahan, and Linda Hackett Munson.
    Mr. Groft, who will speak at 9 after a continental breakfast, will discuss “The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design.” Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Groft has more than 25 years’ experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work with a specialization in environmental and wetlands restoration and shoreline stabilization and revetment. He has designed gardens all over the Northeast.
    At 10 a.m. the talk will be “Doug Reed Reveals: Behind the Scenes of the Parrish Landscape Design,” presented as a conversation with Terrie Sultan, the director of the Parrish. The two will discuss the creative process and inspiration for the design of the new museum’s grounds. Mr. Reed founded his firm, now called Reed Hilderbrand, in Watertown, Mass., in 1993. He has been in partnership with Gary Hilderbrand since 1997. His landscape designs have included projects at the Phoenix Art Museum, the United States National Arboretum, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
    At 11:15 a.m., Ms. Hayes, a New York-based landscape designer and artist, will discuss the projects in her new book from the Monacelli Press and how the intersections between art, design, landscape design, and ecology have formed her approach to making work over the past two-and-a-half decades. Her clients include Marianne Boesky, Rafael and Diana Viñoly, David and Monica Zwirner, and Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis.
    Ms. von Gal will speak at noon on her design development over time. She has received several awards for her garden and landscape designs and her work has been published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue. She was selected by Frank Gehry to design the botanical park for his museum in Panama, the Biomuseo. Her projects or clients have included Great Hill in Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Ross Bleckner, Calvin Klein, Richard Meier, Leonard Riggio, Charlie Rose, Larry Gagosian, and Ina Garten. She is working on a park in downtown Newport, R.I., with Maya Lin. 
    Among the gardens on the tour will be that of Alexandra Alger and Daniel Chung in East Hampton, designed by Mr. Groft’s firm; Gus and Liz Oliver in Sagaponack, designed by Edwina von Gal; Theodore and Ruth Baum’s waterfront estate in Southampton; Joan and Mort Hamburg’s Sagaponack garden, and Bridge Gardens on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton.
    Tickets for Landscape Pleasures are $200 or $150 for Parrish members and are available at They include admission to both the symposium and the garden tours. Sponsors, patrons, and benefactors at the $350 level and up are also invited to attend a private cocktail party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Alexander and Mary Kathryn Navab’s historic Southampton Village house.