The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Begins Its 5th Year

October 1, 2012

Kicking off this year’s series of 8 speakers will be landscape designer, Louis Raymond with “More Colorful Than Ever” on Thursday, October 4th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

For Raymond, who is featured in the current issue of Design New England magazine, a garden represents something transcendental: “A great garden is like a great life: Both are a collage of broad exuberance, attention to detail, occasional bravery, more-than-occasional naps, and plenty of experiments. Both balance a respect for tradition with regular and even gleeful assaults on that same tradition.” This lively presentation chronicles Raymond’s thirty-plus years exploring color in his life and his garden. Does blue really go with red? Apricot with pink? Parchment with white? And what plants best bring which colors to the garden.

Raymond has clients nationwide, and his own riotous garden in Hopkinton, Rhode Island will be the subject of an upcoming book. His exuberant designs have been widely published, including in House & Garden Magazine (on the cover), Metropolitan Home, and Design New England.  In “Plays Well With Plants,” he’ll talk candidly about his garden’s successes and failures, and how his design philosophy has guided its creation.  Overall, he is pleased with the fruits of his own labor: “So far, so good: The red borders actually do look red, sometimes triumphantly.  The Belgian fence – of beeches, not fruit trees – is filling out its frame.  Two of the pergolas are built and largely canopied.  The double-ball topiary of hardy orange is the biggest and baddest on the continent.  The Southern magnolias, so rare this far north, are almost as high as the roof.”

Raymond has been gardening for over 50 years, ever since, as a pre-schooler, he “borrowed” a number of geraniums from public gardens across the street from the family home.  While he has always had a fondness for plants and gardening, Raymond took the scenic route to his current vocation.  By the time he was 25, he had already earned baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, piano, and voice – and still found time for a couple of years of medical school along the way – before launching successful careers as an opera singer and a freelance writer.   By 30, he had retired from both to take up the trowel fulltime.For more information on Louis Raymond, visit or

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Many of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series talks for 2010-2012 can be viewed on YouTube. Links to the films are on our Lecture page here.