Gardens of the Hudson Valley
An Illustrated Lecture with Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner
Wednesday, March 9
The majesty of the Hudson River has captivated both artists and visitors for generations, and the gardens along its banks have a unique character. From the early gardens of riverfront estates like Clermont and Montgomery Place, with their sweeping lawns and spectacular views of the river and far-off mountains, to the Beaux Arts masterpiece Kykuit and the 1950s gardens at Manitoga, the historic gardens highlight the significant role of the Hudson Valley in the development of American landscape design. Many of the major figures worked here, including Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, Beatrix Farrand, and Fletcher Steele, and their ideas continue to resonate in the 21st century. Included are a number of private, contemporary gardens that are informed by both the history and topography of the valley; the grand themes evoked in the larger historic properties are echoed in these smaller, more modest landscapes.
Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner wrote Gardens of the Hudson Valley, by Sue Daley and Steve Gross (photographers), which was published in October 2010, and are the authors of Garden Guide: New York City (revised edition published August 2010). They are longtime volunteers at the Conservatory Garden.
12 to 2pm
Hort members $10; non-members $15
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