Garden Dialogues 2014: Washington DC-Maryland
On dates in May and June, get exclusive access to private gardens in Washington, DC and Maryland 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.
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Saturday, May 17, 11:00am to 12:30pm | Baltimore, MD
Hooper House II
Dan Kiley, hosted by Ian Tyndall
Ensconced in a lush eight-acre lot overlooking Lake Roland is an eloquent collaboration between two great Modernists – Marcel Breuer and Dan Kiley. The 1958 property includes bluestone floors and terraces and floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows that unite indoor and outdoor spaces. In 1962, Kiley added a pond and bridge to the central courtyard, and a trellis and gardens to the south. The present owners, who bought the house from the original owner’s estate in 1996, have continued executing some of Kiley’s unbuilt plans.more photos
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 to 11:00am | Bethesda, MD
Lisa Siri, SIRI LLC Landscape Architecture
This new garden in a quaint Maryland neighborhood centers on a specimen oak in the front yard, which is accented by hydrangeas, roses, ferns and geraniums. The landscape behind the house slopes downward and faces the neighboring woodlands of Ayrlawn Park. A sleek contemporary outdoor dining deck with cable railing and a bluestone fireplace faces the park. A set of stairs leads to a refined bluestone-paved terrace that is partially screened by seasonally-diverse trees, shrubs, and perennials. more photos
Saturday, May 31, 1:00 to 2:30pm | Chevy Chase, MD
Sandra Clinton, Clinton & Associates
This dazzling new home is Modernist at heart and its landscape architecture is state of the art. The home’s design (by the architects who live in it) makes a feature of light and natural ventilation. The landscape - with herb and vegetable gardens, rooftop terraces, and more – are designed to save and reuse as much rainwater as possible. Surrounded by a lush green canopy, all the perimeter trees and shrubs selected have at least three-season characteristics – evergreen, interesting bark or berry or flower, beautiful dried seed heads – extending the visual interest of the garden throughout the year. Maryland Chapter of ASLA Residential Design Merit Award Winner and Perennial Plant Association Merit Award Winner. more photos
Saturday, May 31, 4:00 to 5:00pm | Washington, DC
Meiere Murals Project at the Center for Hellenic Studies
Richard Williams Architects: Richard Williams, FAIA and Justin Donovan, RA
The project is an alteration and addition to the central courtyard of the main building at the Center housing its library, offices, common room and refectory. The addition creates new meeting and social space organized around the installation of two very large mosaic panels depicting scenes from the Iliad, designed by the American artist Hildreth Meiere in 1960. Originally commissioned for the HQ of the Prudential Life Insurance Co in Newark NJ, the murals experienced their own odyssey from removal to neglect, re-discovery, restoration and travel by tractor trailer and crane to make their way to their new home in Washington, DC.
Alterations to the hardscape, planting, and lighting in the Courtyard are highly responsive to the presence and geometry of the new monumental art and the modern addition built to house it, creating a dynamic new heart to this academic building on the verge of Rock Creek Park. Gregory Nagy, the Center’s Director, likens the murals’ restoration and re- installation to the Ancient Greek word nostos -- "Which is not only a homecoming, but a return to light and life." more photos
Sunday, June 1, 2:00 to 3:00pm | Baltimore County, MD
Carol Macht, Hord Coplan Macht
Grids of trees, shrubs, and groundcover presage the arrival to this new, contemporary residence in a 1960s Baltimore County suburb. From arrival the property descends the sloping topography in an elegant sequence of terraces that terminates in a pool. The contemporary design language of architecture and landscape are tightly integrated through a clear minimalist approach and shared use of stone and wood materials in the interior and exterior spaces, along with a varied palette of plant materials arranged in formal and informal patterns. more photos