1 I sat at the lecture with LongHouse Reserve’s Founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, held at St. Luke's Hoie Hall in East Hampton.
2 LongHouse Reserve’s President, Dianne B welcomed the crowd.
3 There were many garden enthusiasts present for this Saturday morning gathering.
4 Hoie Hall is a gathering place for many church-related events and other public meetings.
5 Jack Lenor Larsen also addressed the crowd. Jack is an internationally known textile designer, author, and collector, who has received many awards and whose designs are in collections of international museums.
6 One of the recipients of the LongHouse Landscape Awards went to Fergus Garret, a renowned horticulturist who is known as the "gentle Keeper" of Great Dixter garden in England. He is also a vibrant speaker and educator.
7 Preceding the luncheon, Fergus Garrett gave a slide presentation on "Great Dixter: Past, Present, and Future." This is Great Dixter House and Gardens, located in Nothiam, East Sussex, close to the south coast of England.
8 The slide show contained 190 images and we were given printed descriptions of each one.
9 This is the original house at Dixter, dating from the mid-15th century. It was acquired by a businessman named Nathaniel Lloyd in 1909. He had a 16th-century house of similar style moved from Kent, with the intention of combining the two.
10 Architect, Edwin Lutyens, was hired, designing new work to create a much larger house. These are Lutyens plans for renovations and additions.
11 The gardens surrounding Great Dixter are made up of numerous 'rooms.'
12 This shows a Moorish archway leading to another garden room. Nathaniel's son, Christopher Lloyd, was largely responsible for the development of these amazing gardens.
13 The garden was the focus and energy of Christopher's and fueled more than 40 years of enthusiastic books and articles about it.
14 This is a view of the yew topiary lawn in winter.
15 This is the Sunk Garden in early days.
16 The Sunk Garden today
17 When the grounds were being developed, Dixter employed 14 gardeners.
18 However, it was Nathaniel Lloyd's wife, Daisy, who ruled the roost.
19 Nathaniel and Daisy Lloyd brought up six children at Great Dixter where they all developed a lasting attachment to the house and a deep knowledge of the garden.
20 Christopher (1921-2006), on the left, the youngest child, was born in a north bedroom of the house and for the rest of his life Dixter was his home.
21 Here is Christopher gardening with Daisy.
22 Christopher Lloyd went on to become one of the greatest garden writers of all time.
23 He absolutely loved color and this is a stack of his shirts.
24 And this is one of his borders.
25 Here is Christopher standing next to one of his voluptuous arrangements.
26 Daisy Lloyd loved meadow gardening and these rough areas contain a rich assortment of plants that enjoy growing in turf. It's not mowed down until all the various plants have gone to seed.
27 Camassia or wild hyacinth in the Front Meadow. The meadows come right up to the borders.
28 This colorful border contains pink and yellow lupins.
29 Alliums and Ladybird poppies
30 Magnificent red lupins in the Long Border - Christopher Lloyd thought that a border should have the effect of a tightly woven tapestry.
31 Yellow and blue lupins
32 The border is thick with La Bella snapdragons.
33 A view of the Exotic Garden
34 Another colorful view
35 Ammi majus and Verbascum olympicum
36 With Larkspur Sublime Lilac
37 Christopher at work
38 Aubretia with Tulip Ile de France
39 Tulip Princess Irene floating above a sea of blue
40 Iris pseudoacorus Variegata
41 This is the Barn Garden
42 The Barn Garden in winter
43 Great textures
45 Color and texture abound.
46 Christopher had dachshunds at Dixter for many years and they were always named after plants.
47 This is Christopher and Fergus.
48 A view of the house
49 Another wonderful combination
50 A wonderful border of Ammi majus