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The Secrets to Great Design Revealed in Garden Dialogues

What’s the secret to a great garden? How do garden owners and their landscape architects or designers work together to realize a vision? Garden Dialogues, a program of the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), brings together garden owners and designers to reveal the creative process, the give and take, and the collaboration that yields a great site. In some cases the architect will participate, too. Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups—usually no more than 24 people—to experience some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished professionals currently in practice. Each event runs 60 to 90 minutes, and most cost only $45.

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The 2014 season kicked off in Houston and Southern Florida and included a Dialogue led by Keiji Asakura, ASLA, of Asakura Robinson at a 1951 modernist home still in the original ownership, and one by Keith Williams, ASLA, of Nievera Williams Landscape Architects at a private estate in Palm Beach.

Several dozen other Dialogues have been scheduled from now through October 5, and more will be added in the coming weeks. For example, on May 17, Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc., with Stephen Spears, ASLA, of Design Workshop, will guide participants through the Austin, Texas-based Bridle Path Residence recently featured in the book Private Paradise; on June 1, Carol Macht, FASLA, of Hord Coplan Macht, will discuss the Baltimore County, Maryland, Woodvalley Residence, a new, multilevel minimalist project in a 1960s neighborhood.

Reservations can now be made for Dialogues in Southern California, including Pasadena and Santa Barbara; New York, including Manhattan, Bronxville, and parts of Westchester County; Washington, D.C.; and other locations. Additional Dialogues will be scheduled in Chicago, Connecticut, the Delaware Valley, the Hamptons in New York, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Northern California, and other destinations. Garden Dialogues provides a relaxed environment, exclusive access, and opportunities to revel in the work of talented landscape architects.

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