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Love Gorgeous Garden Tours, Film, And Engaging Talks? Landscape Pleasures Has You Covered

Ryan Lappe

The Covello's property is among stops. (Courtesy Photo)

From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, the Parrish Art Museum will present a variety of opportunities for the public to experience and learn about gardens and landscape design during the Water Mill-based Museum's highly anticipated annual Landscape Pleasures.

"For many years my wife and I have enjoyed touring the gardens presented through Landscape Pleasures," said Vincent Covello, whose garden is open to Landscape Pleasures attendees this year. "We are delighted this year for visitors to be able to explore our own garden, a work in progress for over 30 years."

The programming will launch on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a screening, co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest, of Five Seasons, The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, followed by a talk with the film's director Thomas Piper. Oudolf is a celebrated garden designer and plantsman who has become renowned for his radical approach and ideas about planting design. Piper is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker, specializing in documenting contemporary arts. After completing a feature documentary on the High Line, Piper met Oudolf and was inspired to produce Five Seasons.

On Saturday, June 8, the Museum will present its annual two-day horticulture event, Landscape Pleasures, featuring a Saturday morning symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parrish with leaders in landscape architecture, including Eric Groft, Simon Johnson and Noel Kingsbury. Groft is renowned for his diverse residential, commercial and institutional work, and his interest in regionalism, attention to the vernacular, and work with cultural landscapes. Johnson has spent the last 30 years working on a myriad garden and landscape projects. He and his associates have worked throughout Europe and the United States, under a broad range of physical and climatic conditions. Kingsbury, an English designer, writer, and teacher, has been a gardener since childhood. His resume includes running a nursery, designing gardens, and public spaces, and performing doctoral research at the University of Sheffield's Department of Landscape on the ecology of ornamental perennials. On Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, he will conduct a full-day garden-based workshop for the public, hosted by and held at Marders. Participants will delve into long-term performance of plants in their gardens throughout the seasons.

Then, on Saturday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Landscape Pleasures supporters at the Sponsor level and above will receive a special invitation to an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the classic Southampton garden of Clelia and Tom Zacharias.

On Sunday, registrants will enjoy self-guided tours of private gardens in Bridgehampton (the garden of Judy and Aaron Daniels), East Hampton (the garden of Vincent Covello and Carol Mandel), and Springs (gardens on both Springs Fireplace Road as well as on Gerard Drive).

Tickets to Landscape Pleasures start at $200 for Museum Members/$250 for Non-Members, and include admission to the symposium, garden tours, and Friday evening film. Those not registered for the symposium and tours may attend the film and talk ($5 for Members, $15 for Non-Members).

Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, visit parrishart.org.

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