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The Essex Library will welcome documentary filmmaker and six-time Emmy Award winner, Karyl Evans, who will screen her latest film and discuss Beatrix Farrand’s work with Landscape Architect Shavaun Towers who also appears in the film on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ office.

 

This compelling film is the first ever to chronicle the life of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), the niece of Edith Wharton and the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America. Farrand grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career.

The documentary includes never-before-seen archival materials and recent photographs of over 60 Beatrix Farrand related sites, taking viewers on an inspiring journey across the country to explore her personal story and many of her most spectacular gardens, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Maine; and her California gardens. The narrated film also includes interviews with Beatrix Farrand scholars.

Karyl Evans’ undergraduate degree is in Horticulture / Landscape Architecture. She earned her Master’s Degree in Filmmaking from San Diego State University. Ms. Evans was a full-time Professor at Southern Connecticut State University for two years, teaching film production and theory. Karyl is a Fellow at Yale University and is one of the organizers of the New Haven Documentary Film Festival at Yale.

Landscape Architect Shavaun Towers PLA, FASLA, graduated from Smith College with a BA in Architecture and received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding Partner of Towers | Golde Landscape Architects in New Haven and has taught at Yale University Schools of Architecture and Forestry as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Please call the Essex Library for more information or to register at (860) 767-1560. The event will be held in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ office at 67 Main St. in Centerbrook. Heartfelt thanks to our event co-sponsors: the Essex Garden Club and Centerbrook Architects.

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garden-talk-imageFriday, February 17th at 7 p.m. at Centerbrook Architects -67 Main St. Centerbrook

Gardens have captured people’s imagination for centuries. Jim Childress will illustrate the design ideas behind some of world’s best small gardens. He will explore how they are planned and how plants are integrated. And, to escape winter for an hour – there will be plenty of images of gardens in full bloom.

This program is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available at Centerbrook Architects- 67 Main St. Centerbrook.

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Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall

The possibilities are endless with container gardening!  The gardener’s choices include everything from the container to the plants, and experience is essential when making decisions.  Barb has been creating container gardens both at home and at White Flower Farm for over 20 years, and no one knows more about which plants are tried and true and which are promising new introductions. Current trends in container gardening will be covered, so the audience can be sure their creations will be fashionable! Heartfelt thanks to the Essex Garden Club for co-sponsoring this program!

Nursery Manager Barbara Pierson has been with White Flower Farm for 17 years. A graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture, Barb developed a passion for plants at an early age at her parents’ nursery. She’s now a frequent guest on national and local radio and television, and interviewed as a gardening expert by national publications.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2 p.m.at the Essex Town Hall
Every year plant breeders from around the world bJERUSS2011-11-11_25v2ring new varieties of plants to be tested in the gardens at White Flower Farm. Join us as we learn about the best new varieties for 2016 from White Flower Farm’s Nursery Manager, Barbara Pierson. Co-sponsored by the Essex Garden Club, this lecture highlights the most exciting new introductions for 2016, including annuals, perennials, veggies and shrubs. At home and in White Flower Farm’s trial gardens, Nursery manager Barbara Pierson tests varieties that are new to the commercial market and makes firsthand notes on their cultivation and performance. Using White Flower Farm’s top-quality photographs, Barb’s talk will give the audience advice on what to buy and what to avoid. She’ll showcase the top performing annuals, perennials and shrubs from the long list of introductions. Beautiful photography of the varieties as well as cultural information for each plant will be provided.

Nursery Manager Barbara Pierson has been with White Flower Farm for 17 years. A graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture, Barb developed a passion for plants at an early age at her parents’ nursery. She’s now a frequent guest on national and local radio and television, and interviewed as a gardening expert by national publications.

BlandChairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Architect Fred Bland, FAIA will present an illustrated talk this Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall entitled: The Making of A Garden(er): an urbanist architect in the garden as part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series.

His garden in Stony Creek, CT has been published and is a regular offering in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days calendar. Come hear the talk and then go see his garden at the Open Days event on Saturday, June 6th. For more info see our website: http://www.youressexlibrary.org/adult-services/adults-featured-events/#centerbrook4

Fred Bland, FAIA will highlight the garden he designed for his Stony Creek home. He chronicles his development as both an internationally known architect and a local horticulturalist, and the connection between the two strivings.

A partner in Beyer Blinder Belle and Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bland’s design portfolio includes: the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota’s St. Paul Union Depot, and the Shanghai Cultural Center in China. His Stony Creek garden was featured in the book “Private Gardens of Connecticut.”

Bland earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in architecture at Yale University, and as a Commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission he plays an active role in shaping the future of America’s largest metropolis. An adjunct professor in the Art History Department at New York University, he also has served as a visiting lecturer at Columbia University, Yale University, and Pratt Institute.

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Based on the Right Plant, Right Place principle, learn from this illustrated talk what ecological processes affect your backyard, how native plants facilitate ecological balance, and why native plants are appropriate for backyard landscaping and gardening.

Gail Kalison Reynolds, MFS, directs the UConn Master Gardener Program in Middlesex County and is an independent ecological and technological consultant.  She has both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Yale University and many years of technological experience, including five information security professional certifications.  In addition, Gail is the Chair of the Haddam Conservation Commission and the Manager of the Higganum Farmers’ Market.