Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Garden Dialogues: Connecticut

The Cultural Landscape Foundation will provide exclusive access to private gardens in Connecticut on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.  Hear directly from the landscape architects and their patrons about the design process.  How do patrons and designers work together?  What makes for a great, enduring collaboration?  Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.  On Saturday, July 14,  from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, see Twin Maples Farm, owned by Douglas and Wilmer Thomas, designed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates.  This 450-acre northwest Connecticut estate features dramatic vistas, more than 40 acres of seeded meadow and shrubland, and an environmentally sensitive integration with the surrounding woodlands.

Sunday, July 15, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, see Diamond Hills Gardens in Redding, designed by Richard Hartlage, AHBL (see his book Bold Visions for the Garden below.)  This eight-acre estate garden features native meadows, a sunken garden, woodland walks, sculpture and beautiful water features.  The garden artfully balances rustic and sophisticated through the use of local stone and salvaged barn wood.  Register for either or both tours ($35 per person) at www.tclf.org.