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June 10, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch and Book Talk: 9th Annual Garden Luncheon and “Rescuing Eden”
Friday, June 10, 12pm
A day of art, music, flowers, and food! Luncheon guests gather for refreshments and music by The Tangerine Trio on the lawn overlooking the Lieutenant River.
Seated under a festive tent on the Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace, guests enjoy lunch catered by Gourmet Galley followed by remarks by design historian and biographer Caroline Seebohm and landscape photographer Curtice Taylor, whose new publication Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens is a perfect complement to the current exhibition, The Artist’s Garden.
Rescuing Eden celebrates the landscapes that serve as living, flourishing pleasure grounds for botanists, horticulturalists, and nature lovers throughout the country. The thirty gardens (including the Florence Griswold gardens!) were selected for the drama of their original creation and rescue and for their historical and horticultural importance.
This important fundraiser supports the stewardship and preservation of the Museum’s historic gardens and riverside landscape.
About Rescuing Eden
A celebration of thirty historic, heroically preserved gardens throughout the US.
The United States has a rich tradition of landscape design that encompasses a vast variety of styles, from simple eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century gardens to the lavish estates of the Gilded Age. Yet over time, in the absence of specific institutions dedicated to its preservation, much of America’s garden heritage has been threatened by creeping development and suburbanization, especially in the mid-twentieth-century. Today, fortunately, that trend has been reversed, and a large number of once-endangered landscapes are now accessible to the public, thanks to the Garden Conservancy, the Garden Club of America,and other ardent garden-conservationists trusts and associations, as well as generous private owners. Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens celebrates the landscapes that serve as living, flourishing pleasure grounds for botanists, horticulturalists, and nature lovers throughout the country. Thirty are presented here, selected for the drama of their original creation and rescue and for their historical and horticultural importance. Ranging from wonderful to woebegone, from grand estates to suburban plots, they can be found in Kentucky and Oregon, Texas and New Hampshire, from Detroit to Los Angeles. Featured are the gardens at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, California; Peckerwood near Houston, Texas; Middleton Place near Charlestown, South Carolina; Saint-Gaudens National HistoricSite in Cornish, New Hampshire; and the Untermyer Garden in Yonkers, New York. Each has its own individual character, and each has been brought back from the brink through a combination of imagination and tenacity, to reveal for future generations a prospect of America’s heritage that, with love and nature’s help, will last forever.
Pre-order your copy of Rescuing Eden with your Garden Luncheon ticket for $37.50 (a savings of 25%).
All pre-paid orders will be ready for you to pick up at the Garden Luncheon. Day-of pricing $50.00 (members $45.00).
Seebohm is a design historian and biographer. A prolific author, her books include Boca Rococo, a biography of Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, At Home with Books, and Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore, as well as biographies of Marietta Tree, Conde Nast, and tennis legend Pancho Segura.
Taylor is a well-known landscape and garden photographer whose work is widely published. He teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
The Florence Griswold Museum garden photographed by Curtice Taylor.