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BENEFIT EVENT GARDEN AS ART 2023
12-4PM Garden Tours – RAIN OR SHINE
7:30-11PM Cocktail Prolongé, featuring a performance by The Beatbox House
Join us for this special day featuring a morning talk at East Hampton Library on “Great Gardens of the World” by garden expert Vincent Simeone followed by an afternoon of self-guided tour of four incredible private East Hampton Village gardens.
Supporters at the Patron ticket level and above will be invited for a cocktail prolongé hosted by Cornelia and Ralph Heins at their exquisite garden, featuring an electrifying performance by Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artists-in-Residence, The Beatbox House.
Based out of New York City, The Beatbox House is a collective of five World Champion Beatboxers, Gene Shinozaki, Kenny Urban, NaPoM, Amit, and Chris Celiz. The Beatbox House comes to the William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence through an ongoing partnership with Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
10AM TALK: “Great Gardens of the World” by Vincent Simeone
Since 1998, Simeone has had the pleasure of traveling to some of the most breathtaking gardens in the world. The countries visited include Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This lecture provides detailed information on a wide variety of unusual and exotic species of plants, picturesque views of natural and cultivated areas, and helpful information on garden design and popular trends. Come along for a train ride through the Canadian Rockies, a hiking trip into the wild bush of New Zealand, a whale-watching expedition to Cape Town, and a visit a 15th-century abbey in jolly old England. Don’t miss this unique and inspiring journey around the globe!
12PM to 4PM: GARDEN TOUR
Designed by Hollander Design Landscape Architects with architecture by Kligerman Architecture and Design
The moment the designer first visited the site of this home, they knew that its ancient trees and geology would have a major influence on the location and design of its new home and landscape. Massive copper beech, fern leaf beech, lindens, and Japanese cypress punctuated the property like a constellation. The landscape design turns these trees and a remnant dune running through the property into focal points and destinations, anchors, and horizon views. The home’s buildings, entry drive, tennis court, pool, and gardens are all organized around giant trees, which give the landscape its sense of timelessness.
Designed by Hollander Design Landscape Architects with architecture by Peter Pennoyer Architects
The task at this long, narrow property was to create outdoor living areas that expressed the family’s capacity for surprise, delight, and adventure. Once through the gate, the drive proceeds, winding its way under two majestic old plane trees as though it had been there forever. The driveway’s soft circuitous route celebrates the site’s existing trees and its peaceful, pastoral character. Here, they added groves of trees with seasonal presence that welcome spring, flower during the summer, and turn orange, yellow, and bronze in the fall. Broad blue stone terraces at the back of the house beckon with places to sit and enjoy the cool summer breezes. A tantalizing allée of crepe myrtles lined with hydrangeas and astilbes gives a peekaboo view down to the pond and acts as a draw towards the water.
Gardens on West End Road
Designed by Harmonia Inc.
This spectacular double property is set on a beautiful span of Georgica Pond. A romantic entry greets you as you walk the stone path through three large islands of mature Crape Myrtles underplanted with colorful lace cap hydrangea. A 6’ “old-world charm” brick wall constructed of handmade bricks with a bell cap separates the Crab Apple alee driveway entrance from the privacy of the pool and gardens. On the adjacent parcel, a 23’ tall sculpture titled 97.5° Arc x 9 commissioned by Bernar Venet is the centerpiece amongst the many mature towering specimen trees.
Garden on Egypt Lane
Designed by Frederico Azevedo, Unlimited Earth Care, Bridgehampton
This garden was sensitively designed with native and well adapted plants. Meadows were designed to bring movement and life into the landscape, and they feel sort of impromptu, even though I carefully designed the textures and color pallet to elevate their effects. They are essentially designs that center plants and flowers that aid the environment and support the pollinator populations.
Vincent A. Simeone
Vincent has worked in the horticultural field for over 35 years. He received an AAS degree in ornamental horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, New York and a BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. While at Georgia, Vincent studied under well-known professors Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. Vincent also obtained a master’s degree in public administration from C.W. Post- Long Island University in 2003.
Vincent has specialized expertise in woody plant id, culture, use and selection of superior varieties. Vincent is an experienced lecturer, instructor and horticultural consultant. He has spoken to many groups nation wide and has appeared on several garden shows including Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. Annually Vincent presents an average of 50 horticultural lectures, workshops and tours to garden clubs, plant societies, professional landscape, nursery and arboricultural trade associations and academic institutions. Topics range from plant, identification, woody plant selection and use, historic landscape preservation and general plant maintenance and care. Vincent teaches horticulture classes at New York Botanical Garden.
Over the last fifteen years, Vincent has assisted Allan Armitage with garden tours through Southern England, Northern France, Southern Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Vincent is very active in local and national organizations including The American Public Garden Association, New York Hortus Club, New York State Arborist, ISA Chapter, Long Island Arboricultural Assoc., Long Island Holly Society, American Rhododendron Society-New York Chapter, Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Assoc., and the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Assoc.
Vincent serves on several committees including the Gold Medal Plant Award Committee and the LINLA Landscape Awards Committee and is the former chairman of the APGA Plant Collections Committee. For the past 30 years Vincent has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York where he is the Director. At Planting Fields Vincent has helped to coordinate several large horticultural and educational symposia and special events including several national flowers shows and conventions, landscape preservation conferences, tree conferences and conferences to promote new garden trends in the field of horticulture. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers including the Long Island based newspaper, Newsday.
Since 2005 he has published six books: Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape and Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey. In 2010 Vincent contributed to a first ever textbook on public garden management. Also in 2010, Vincent was named Man of the Year by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2014 Vincent was awarded the centurion award by Farmingdale State College as the top 100 alumni over the past century. In 2015, was awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter. Since 2017, Vincent has contributed to Armitage’s Great Garden Plants app.
In 2021, Vincent was awarded the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. Also in 2021, Vincent’s book on garden sustainability was revised and has been in bookstores since March. It is entitled Sustainable Gardening: Grow a “Greener” Low-Maintenance Landscape with Fewer Resources.
Become a Sponsor
Lead Sponsor: Bellwether Architects, PLLC
Supporting Sponsor: Groundworks Landscaping, Inc.
Media Partner: Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Magazine
Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence
Principal Sponsor: Kathy Rayner in memory of her husband, Billy Rayner
Principal Sponsor: Kathy Rayner in memory of her husband, Billy Rayner