Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2016: Connecticut

Stonington, CT


On September 17, get exclusive access to private gardens in Connecticut and hear directly from the designers and their 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.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and sponsors, tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Manatuck Farm
Manatuck Farm - Photo courtesy of Reed Hilderbrand

Saturday, September 17, 10:30am to 3:30pm | Stonington, Connecticut

Past, Present, and Future: A Journey Down Stonington's Historic North Street

Douglas Reed of Reed Hilderbrand, LLC, Maryann Thompson of Maryann Thompson Architects, and Joeb Moore of Joeb Moore and Partners, Architects, LLC

On Saturday, September 17th, The Cultural Landscape Foundation will sponsor a garden dialogue on the historical development of the environmental + cultural landscape of Stonington, Connecticut, through the lens of an up-close and intimate tour of three key sites along the North Main Street corridor.

The event will begin at Manatuck farm with a presentation on the natural and cultural history of Stonington by Rob Simmons, First Selectman of the Town of Stonington, and lifelong resident of North Main Street. This property offers sweeping panoramic views of Stonington's glacial ridges and wetlands, set against the backdrop of Long Island Sound. Doug Reed, of Reed Hilderbrand, Landscape Architects, and Maryann Thompson, of Maryann Thompson Architects, will present the fifteen-year story of the work to develop a contemporary residence that preserves and celebrates artifacts of the historic farm.

Next, we will take a walk to the south that parallels North Main Street but wanders through fields, woodlands, and wetlands to arrive at the historic Stone Acre Farm property, one of the oldest farms in Connecticut, where we will enjoy lunch (catered by the Oyster Club and award-winning local restaurant) and discuss the future of the site as a “Farm to Community Table” campus for sustainable living, rooted in practices conceived through a deep and abiding commitment to connect the community to its local, natural, and human resources.

From here the journey will continue with a walk to the mid-century Modernist property and residence designed and once owned by John Lincoln, an architect and co-inventor of the Quonset Hut, who was a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Here Joeb Moore, from Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects, and Doug Reed, both on the Board of Trustees of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, will present the recent renovations and on-going transformation of the property and house.

4.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and sponsors, tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Refund Policy:
Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:
Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 90% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)
Less than two (2) weeks in advance but up to seven (7) days prior: 70%
No refunds will be made for cancellations seven (7) days prior to event
No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).
Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.