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A Streamlined Garden and Minimal Architecture Coalesce in Water Mill August 15 2015

A Streamlined Garden and Minimal Architecture Coalesce in Water Mill

It’s safe to say that most modernist architects prefer to see their residential creations anchored on flat planes of grassy lawn, but landscape designers often have additional ideas that can enrich a project further.

A Veggie Patch Should Be a Natch For Any Hamptons Green Thumb August 1 2015

A Veggie Patch Should Be a Natch For Any Hamptons Green Thumb

With corn as “high as an elephant’s eye,” it’s time to start thinking about cool-weather, edible crops, even if all you can bear to maintain is a beat-up whiskey barrel (perfect for arugula, by the way). “My favorites this time of year are the classics,” says April Gonzales, a Southampton-based garden designer who tends a sizable vegetable patch at her home.

 The Late Walter Channing Left Behind a Thoughtful, Whimsical Wonderland That Continues to Live On August 1 2015

The Late Walter Channing Left Behind a Thoughtful, Whimsical Wonderland That Continues to Live On

In the late 1970s, when Walter Channing first laid eyes on some property along Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton, it reminded him of a large farm that had backed up to his family home in Dover, Massachusetts. As a little boy, he would explore the fields and climb the trees on his neighbor’s land, always thinking of it as a giant playground. The prospect of re-creating this childhood wonderland on the East End of Long Island was compelling, and he began to acquire acreage in a very deliberate way.

Miriam Landsman Hosts an Outdoor Tea Party at her Cotswold-Style Manor House in Greenwich June 2015

Miriam Landsman Hosts an Outdoor Tea Party at her Cotswold-Style Manor House in Greenwich

Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.

Bernard Trainor Wrests a Big Sur Landscape Back from the Edge June 2015

Bernard Trainor Wrests a Big Sur Landscape Back from the Edge

Bernard Trainor’s first impression of the land surrounding a house on a stretch of Big Sur coast was that it felt dispirited and inhospitable: A harsh climate of drenching rains, mists and howling winds had taken its toll and left the property fractured from its stunning Pacific view. Responding to the sound of crashing waves, his intuition told him to simply uncover a sense of place.

A Series of Terraces and Russell Page-Inspired Landscaping Perform Magic at a Steep One-Acre Property Along the Shepaug River June 2015

A Series of Terraces and Russell Page-Inspired Landscaping Perform Magic at a Steep One-Acre Property Along the Shepaug River

For Mark Drendel, the ringside seat to a hayfield framing the Shepaug River brought him back to his childhood on his family’s Tennessee farm and he fell for this Litchfield County house. He couldn’t resist the relaxed allure of rocking chairs and a porch swing. The full ambiance of the one-acre property clinched the deal when Drendel and his partner, Chad Conway, bought the Roxbury home in 2002.

Landscape Architect Edmund Hollander's New Book, The Good Garden, Celebrates the Quintessence of Summertime June 2015

Landscape Architect Edmund Hollander's New Book, The Good Garden, Celebrates the Quintessence of Summertime

A pool under the sun is the quintessence of summertime in the Hamptons. In his new book, The Good Garden (Monacelli), Manhattan- and Hamptons-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander has gathered some of the memorable pools and adjoining gardens he and his firm have created during the past several decades.

Kykuit, a Historic American Treasure, is Less Than an Hour from Midtown Manhattan May 2015

Kykuit, a Historic American Treasure, is Less Than an Hour from Midtown Manhattan

A turn of the century grand country residence located in the Pocantico Hills, is one of total surprise: a stupendous example of American country house living. Kykuit was originally designed by Delano & Aldrich and substantially expanded in the years that followed.

Jane Ellsworth’s Garden is an Ode to English Country Style May 2015

Jane Ellsworth’s Garden is an Ode to English Country Style

If you’re a hard-core garden Anglophile and a sucker for the tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders barely contained within a tidy pattern of low, clipped box, then this is the garden for you. Jane Ellsworth’s Garden has the breezy confidence of a seasoned traveler and the subtle eye of a true artist.

This Old Lyme Property Had All the Ingredients for a Stellar Estate, Given a Little Imagination and a Lot of Creativity May 2015

This Old Lyme Property Had All the Ingredients for a Stellar Estate, Given a Little Imagination and a Lot of Creativity

When Philip and Robin Schonberger began their quest for the perfect property, he asked her if focusing on waterfront homes might be apropos. It was the 1927 Colonial Revival along the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme with a row of 80-year-old welcoming maples, 10-acre parcel and the river’s slow ripple effect that won them over.

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