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Potted Plants Never Looked So Good — LongHouse Reserve Garden Container Exhibit

Submitted by on July 7, 2009 – 9:27 amNo Comment
Fredrico Azevedo Unlimited Earth Care

Fredrico Azevedo Unlimited Earth Care

“The integration of useful and beautiful” is the end game according to HRH (Honored Really-charming Horticulturalist) P. Allen Smith who judged the Invitational Garden Container Exhibit at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, a place he reminded us we are darn lucky to have in our back yard.  Top landscape designers, artists, designers and garden professionals put forth their creative visions which take the ordinary to the extraordinary. 

April Gonzales Garden Design

April Gonzales Garden Design

For those of us who can’t do, we steal good ideas.  So get that image of a geranium in a terra cotta pot out of your head and think big… or big ideas in small spaces.  If you can use some innovative new ideas, these inspire, and the gardens and sculpture at LongHouse are fantastic.

With great enthusiasm and a wonderful dose of Southern humor P. Allen Smith gave useful critiques, reminding us in our instant gratification culture that we need to remember what our potted creations will look like in two weeks.  Can the plant materials hang out together?  Is there compatibility in terms of how much sun and water they require?

Tony Piazza, Piazza Horticultural Group

Tony Piazza, Piazza Horticultural Group

Color of containers as well as the plant material is front and center, giving energy and emotion.  While describing orange as a quarrelsome color for him personally (he has been in therapy and is coming through it) Smith admires its volcanic quality.

He also revered the magical and spiritual element such as in the layered design of Grand Prize Winner Alexandra Leighton who works with contextual mysteries in scale.  Just love that phrase. 

Alexandra Leighton with Garden Schemes

Alexandra Leighton with Garden Schemes

Smith’s final words of wisdom to the master gardeners (and those Lady Chatterley’s of us who love them), “Do what Jack Larsen [founder of LongHouse] has taught us to do — follow your bliss.”

LongHouse Reserve is open to the public on Wednesday through Saturday in July and August.  Mark your calendar for their fundraiser Asian Laughter on July 18 honoring internationally acclaimed silk weaver Carol Cassidy.


Grand Prize:

Alexandra Leighton with Garden Schemes


Geoffrey Nimmer, East End Garden Design w/ James DeMartis Metal Studio

Geoffrey Nimmer, East End Garden Design w/ James DeMartis Metal Studio

Winners Single Blue:

Geoffrey Nimmer East End Garden Design w/James DeMartis Metal Studio

Jim Owen

Jonathan Wright

Susan Zises

Nico Yektai

Abby Jane Brody with Calista Washburn

Kathleen Marder with Marders Nursery

Christine Harmon

April Gonzales Garden Design

Amy’s Flowers


Double Blue:

Tony Piazza Horticultural Group

Fredrico Azevedo, Unlimited Earth Care

Mary Gotovich, M.T.G. Design ltd

Anna De Mauro

Andrew Pascoe Flowers Ltd.

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