Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2014: Massachusetts

Williamstown, MA


On September 27th, get exclusive access to a celebrated landscape in Massachusetts and hear directly from the designers and the clients about their collaborative process.

How do clients 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.

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The Clark
Photo courtesy Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Saturday, September 27, 4:30 to 7:00pm | Williamstown

The Clark, New Landscape
Gary Hilderbrand, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, with Richard Rand, Senior Curator at The Clark and Matt Noyes, Grounds Manager at The Clark

The new landscape and building complex at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, part of a 140-acre campus in the Berkshire Mountains, is one of 2014s most anticipated and highly praised projects. Fourteen years in the making, the ambitious expansion campaign led by architect Tadao Ando and landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand matches the museum’s mission to facilitate the interrelationship of art and nature. The institute, a respected art museum and center for research and higher education originally chartered in 1950 and built around the Clark family’s private collection, has grown to national stature and features European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

The new Clark Art Institute landscape, which opened to the public on July 4, 2014, includes four miles of new walking trails, five new pedestrian bridges, and more than a thousand new trees. The focal point of the landscape is a set of tiered reflecting pools. Conceived by Ando and designed Reed Hilderbrand, the reflecting pools orchestrate a unified composition among the diverse architectural characters of the Institute’s family of buildings and the sweeping pastoral landscape beyond.  more photos