Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2023: Rye, NY

Rye, NY

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) worked closely with the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) to realize its vision of transforming a former private estate into a vibrant educational campus hosting programs on American history, social justice, architecture, environmental stewardship, and landscape conservation. The project centered on restoring the integrity of each of the property’s three garden rooms and cultivating a deep sense of place, reflecting the gardens’ many eras and the people who cultivated them. 

Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY - Image courtesy Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

The first garden reveals the influence of a series of landscape trends and uses from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Traditional parterre garden rows feature low hedges bounding raised vegetable and herb beds, a design decision that ensures the protection of buried cultural artifacts associated with Indigenous and enslaved peoples. 

Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY - Photo by Max Touhey

A central reflecting pool is the dominant feature of the second garden room, occupying the footprint of a swimming pool installed in the twentieth century. The planting palette is composed of plants that are native to the region or to Asia, including a large Japanese maple that serves as a living reminder of the Van Norden’s family’s admiration for Japanese culture. The garden retains its original terraced grade to show the historic patterns of drainage. 

Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY - Photo by Max Touhey

A 90-foot reproduction of a historic rose arbor defines the third room. Native meadow species line each side of the arbor in rows, spatially reflecting the landscape’s long history of agrarian use and serving as an educational tool to reveal the synergy of pollinator species and companion plants.

Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY - Photo by Kim Crichlow

This Garden Dialogue will be led by Mark Strieter from NBW. 

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

Click here to view the complete 2023 season of Garden Dialogues.


Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) 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.