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Deborah Nevins And Kris Jarantoski To Be Honored At LongHouse Reserve’s Landscape Awards

Sydney A. Braat

LongHouse Reserve Luncheon Awards. (Courtesy Photo)

Extraordinary design will be joining forces with Mother Nature at LongHouse Reserve's Landscape Awards Luncheon on Saturday, September 16 at 12 p.m. The celebration of outstanding landscape design and creativity will be held at the stunning 16-acre reserve in East Hampton. LongHouse will also host a pre-awards lecture featuring honorees Deborah Nevins and Kris Jarantoski at Hoie Hall at St. Luke's Church in East Hampton at 10 a.m. on September 16. This year will mark the first Design Award, which will be presented to Sunbrella, a legendary performance fabric company that allows all to live more freely and stylishly outdoors.

"For two decades now LongHouse Reserve has granted Landscape Awards. In recent years, this had included Directors of Public Gardens as well as a Designer, and this year we've added product design and publications," shared executive director Matko Tomicic. "This year's honorees are all exceptional achievers."

The biennial event will be held in partnership with Garden Design magazine and honors the work of Ms. Nevins whose spectacular civic gardens are an inspiration to all. She is a highly regarded landscape designer and founder of her Manhattan-based firm that has been responsible for projects all over the world. Her most notable projects include the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece and several significant green-roof plantings.

Mr. Jarantoski, the outgoing executive vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, will also be honored at this year's event. He is retiring after 25 years and has played very significant roles in the creation of 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas of the renowned Botanic Gardens' 285-acre campus.

Deborah Nevins garden project at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece. (Courtesy Photo)

LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation. Each year the LongHouse Reserve hosts major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures featured in the gardens, including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Eric Fischl, Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George Rickey, Alfonso Ossorio, Yoko Ono, Pavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a "Fly's Eye Dome" designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension. 

Tickets for General Admission to LongHouse Reserve are $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12, and high school and college students with IDs. Tickets for the Landscape Awards Luncheon start at $35. To purchase tickets, visit www.longhouse.org/collections.

LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. For more information, call  631-329-3568 or visit www.longhouse.org.

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