The Pleasures of the Landscape

Landscape Pleasures will honor the memory of Jack deLashmet
The garden of Herb and Karen Friedman was designed by Jack deLashmet. Durell Godfrey Photos

Garden enthusiasts across the East End will be monitoring the weather reports this weekend in the hope that umbrellas will not be required for the Parrish Art Museum’s Sunday garden tours. But when it comes to such tours, whatever the weather, if you hold it, they will come.

Landscape Pleasures, the museum’s two-day horticulture event, which will begin Saturday morning with lectures by three prominent landscape designers, will honor the memory of Jack deLashmet, a landscape architect who served on the Landscape Pleasures committee for many years. 

Saturday’s program will begin at 9 with “Landscape Design as Ecological Art,” a lecture by Darrel Morrison, a longtime proponent of letting the natural landscape provide guidance for designed landscapes. He will be followed by Andrea Cochran, winner of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture, who will discuss “Capturing the Ephemeral.”

At 11:30, Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout Long Island and the nation, emphasizing stewardship strategies and public engagement. Just before Mr. Birnbaum’s talk, a representative of Perfect Earth Project will speak briefly about its initiatives in promoting toxin-free land management.

Sunday’s four self-guided garden tours, which take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., will include gardens in Amagansett, Bridgehampton, and Sagaponack. 

A former Amagansett nursery is now the two-acre retreat of Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice and their family. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, the garden responds to the ecological sensitivity of the region, provides vibrant horticultural display, and offers multiple forms of recreation. The realized design unites architecture and landscape architecture in a sculptural composition by arranging its hardscape features in response to the house’s hierarchy of straight lines.

Mr. deLashmet was hired by Herb and Karen Friedman to site their Mediterranean stucco farmhouse in Bridgehampton and develop the gardens on the steeply sloped property. The house was turned to the back of the property to take advantage of the landscape, where native and varied plantings, steep grade changes, and retaining walls create the feel of an expansive park. The courtyard is framed by a row of clipped linden trees, a stucco folly, and multiple pocket gardens.

Victoria and Jack Rovner’s two-acre property in Sagaponack blends minimalist architecture with naturalized landscape. The architect, the landscape architect, and the clients collaborated on the layout of the house to disturb as little of the land as possible. A fruit tree orchard and several old-growth London plane and maple trees set the framework for the master plan, which focuses on sustainability by limiting the use of lawn to a single panel of mowed grass next to the house. The rest of the property was seeded with an indigenous mix of fescue grasses and left as a rolling meadow.

Loren Skeist and Marlene Marko’s seven-acre Bridgehampton property features two large, centrally located koi ponds with water gardens, set within open lawn and arboreta bounded by a series of informal garden environments. Visitors are greeted by an exuberant flower garden, then drawn by the sound of falling water to a multilayered grouping of trees: Japanese Scholar, Evodia, Japanese maple, redbud, and dwarf conifer. The overall design includes few straight lines, as rocks, sculpture, garden structures, and recreational areas are integrated into living environments.

The 2016 Landscape Pleasures event is co-chaired by Lillian Cohen, Martha B. McLanahan, and Linda Hackett Munson. Tickets for the symposium and garden tours are $225, or $175 for museum members. Purchasers of sponsor tickets, $350 and above, will be invited to a private cocktail reception hosted by Tim Davis at the Wyman estate, which is situated on 15 acres on Pond Lane in Southampton Village, on Saturday evening from 5 to 7.