On Saturday, September 21, at 3 p.m., the Garden Conservancy Open Days program presents as part of its Digging Deeper series, “Genius Loci: Family into Form,” with garden owner Steven Trevor, horticulturistNaomi Brooks, and landscape architect Peter Morrow Meyer.
In the spirit of Ben Franklin’s Junto Society, where members debated questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy, come explore Junto Farm and discuss broad concepts and specific solutions here that might inspire your own efforts elsewhere. Included in the discussion will be Naomi Brooks, a horticulturist who worked with Oehme van Sweden on this project and stayed on, and landscape architect Peter Morrow Meyer, who worked with modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley for many years, and continues to work at Junto Farm.
The gardens at Junto Farm have unfolded across forty acres and more than fifteen years of thought, planning, experimentation, and effort. In creating a home for family in this bucolic setting, owners Steven Trevor and Stephanie Hunt wanted to use good design to shape a place that is vibrant and beautiful, engaging mind and body by responding to the ways they wanted to live. They also wanted the design to express and invite a layering of memories.
The gardens organize the act of arrival, invite you out into the landscape, and remind you of the passing of time through days and seasons. A series of outdoor destinations are ready for gathering (in a council ring), wandering (in a hedge maze), swimming, tennis, fishing, hiking, foraging, and climbing (into a tree house). A growing collection of outdoor sculpture is sited to animate the landscape and encourage exploration. The gardens are full of scents to evoke emotion as well as food and flowers to gather. Many of the plants were chosen for their connections to powerful memories. Like most families, the house and gardens reflect some contrasting impulses: stark modernism set against wild, instinctive, and improvisational elements.
The event takes place at Junto Farm in Clinton Corners, location will be shared with registered guests only. For more information and to register, click here