1 This is the view of LongHouse from behind Peter’s Pond - now filled with hundreds of water lilies. Jack Lenor Larsen built this house in 1986, finding inspiration in the seventh century Shinto shrine at Ise in Japan, working with architect Charles Forberg.
2 This is The Rose Arbor in the large Pink Garden. It is about a block-long and built from 30-foot long rebars and long bamboo poles. The arbor supports beautiful pink climbing roses.
3 The Richard Lear Memorial is painted an eye-catching red and decorated with turquoise vintage Thai rain jars. This area is also the location of the Planters Exhibition.
4 On the Second Lawn facing Peter’s Pond is a row of relaxing lawn chairs - so colorful against the green foliage.
5 Here is the set-up for the Planters award ceremony on the Second Lawn. In the foreground - items for the silent auction were displayed for guests to see.
6 This is called the Dry River Bed - filled with beautifully maintained specimens.
7 The lineup of garden masterpieces designed by distinguished artists, horticultural experts, designers, and landscape professionals includes "2100built" by David Melrose of +/- Planter in Brooklyn, New York.
8 This is called "Somewhere in Yonder Sea" by April Gonzalez of April Gonzalez Garden Design Inc. in Southampton, New York.
9 Here is a piece by Cathy Warren from Broadview Gardens EH, Inc. in Sagaponack, New York.
10 "A Tapestry of Living Treasures" from Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, Connecticut
11 This piece is by Christina Stubelek from Christina Stubelek Garden Design in Hampton Bays, New York.
12 "Old Glory" by Romi Sloan at Gardens by Romi, Inc. in Southampton, New York
13 "Steel Grass" by Aidan Furlong of Hampton Grass & Bamboo in Southampton, New York
14 This is an untitled planter by Elizabeth and Robert Linker from Hedges and Gardens of East Hampton, New York. The actual planter was custom made by The Irony Ltd.
15 This gorgeous pot and perfect combination of plants took second place - it is from Landcraft Environments LTD. in Mattituk, New York. landcraftenvironment.com
16 This entry is by Michael Derrig of Landscape Details in Sag Harbor, New York. It was a runner-up and third place winner. landscapedetails.com
17 In honor of LongHouse Reserve’s Jubilee year, the exhibition theme was silver. This piece is by Marybeth LaPenna Lee from LaPenna Lee Gardens in East Hampton, New York.
18 Honorable mention goes to Kathleen Marder of Marders in Bridgehampton, New York. marders.com
19 This one is by Nico Yektai from Sag Harbor, New York.
20 "Evening in the Garden!" presented by Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, New York.
21 "Succulent from Saturn" - this was inspired by Saturn the Roman God of Agriculture, and presented by Harvey Bernstein, Professor at Pratt Institute and Cejas scholar at Florida International University.
22 Here is a planter by Tom Janczur of Soil Inc., in East Hampton, New York.
23 First place went to "A Piece of the Universe" from Summerhill Landscapes in Sag Harbor, New York. I love the design ideas shown in this planter, and the brilliant use of plants and materials. summerhilllandscapes.com
24 "Plated Table #1" by Tony Piazza of Piazza Horticultural in Southampton, New York, and Tony Ingrao of Ingrao Inc. in East Hampton, New York.
25 This is called "Transparent" by Frederico Azevedo of Unlimited Earth Care in Bridgehampton, New York.
26 "Quiet Reflections" by Melanie Antaro of Wild Orchid Gardens, Inc. in East Hampton, New York
27 This was my second time to judge the Planters: ON+OFF competition. I also judged LongHouse’s inaugural year Planters invitational. It was an honor to be invited back for the organization's 25th year celebration.
28 This glazed ceramics presentation is by Jun Kaneko. Jun’s pieces are untitled but he calls the shapes “dangos”, which are Japanese dumplings.
29 This is Matko Tomicic, Executive Director of LongHouse, and my gardener, Alex, who tends to my gardens and property in East Hampton.
30 This is “The Invisible” by Enrique Martinez Celaya - installed within the water feature "Black Mirror” by Ray Smith & Associates, Southampton, New York - it's a black pond with a cross hole in the center.
31 “Legs” by Larry Rivers
32 Here is horticulturist, Dennis Schrader, of Landcraft Environments LTD as I called him to the stage to receive his award. Dennis is one of the nation's foremost experts on plant production and garden design.
33 Here I am with first place winners, Anna Bartman and Kasia Kuczynski of Summerhill Landscapes.
34 Jack also addressed the audience. He is an internationally celebrated textile designer, author, and collector whose designs are featured in museum collections around the world.
35 Matko followed with a few words.
36 Matko and I posed for a snapshot. Behind us is Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome.
37 This is the event's photographer, Patrick McMullan.
39 Here I am with Peter Olsen and Jack Lenor Larsen. Jack signed copies of his book, Learning from LongHouse, a beautiful look at LongHouse Reserve, the arts foundation Jack founded 25-years ago. http://goo.gl/tlKfT3