Remarkable design meets Mother Nature at LongHouse Reserve’s Landscape Awards Luncheon, which was held on Saturday, September 16. The event, a celebration of outstanding landscape design and creativity, was held at the 16-acre Reserve in East Hampton. Additionally, LongHouse hosted a pre-awards lecture featuring honorees Deborah Nevins and Kris Jarantoski at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton beforehand.
Guests included Caroline Bauman, Dianne Benson, EddieCorcoran, Alex Feleppa, Manuel Fernandez-Casteleiro, Devon Fredericks, Pamela Governale, Hal Hunnicut, David Swers, Sara Thompson, Mariah Thompson, Mariah Whitmore, John Whitmore.
The biennial event was held in partnership with Garden Design magazine, which also honored for the Publication Award. The Longhouse Landscaping Awards Luncheon also honored the work of Ms. Deborah Nevins with the Landscape Award. Warrie Price, President and Founder of The Battery Conservancy, presented Deborah with the award which celebrates her spectacular civic gardens. She is a highly regarded landscape designer and founder of the Manhattan-based eponymous firm which has been responsible for projects all over the world, most notably the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece and a number of significant green-roof plantings.
The LongHouse Garden Direction Award was given to Mr. Kris Jarantosk. Kris is the outgoing Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Nicole Williams, who has served on the Board with him, presented him his award. Mr. Jarantosk was recognized for his extraordinary efforts at building the Chicago Botanic Garden. Retiring after 25 years, Kris has played a major role in the creation of the 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas of the renowned Botanic Gardens’ 385-acre campus.