The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy


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The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy


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A privileged tour through the magnificent Rockefeller family gardens in the Hudson Valley and Maine.

Virtual American aristocracy, the Rockefeller family is synonymous with great wealth, extraordinary philanthropy, and exceptional stewardship of unspoiled landscapes. In their private world, the Rockefellers have created extraordinary gardens, two at Kykuit in the Hudson Valley and a third in Seal Harbor, Maine. At Kykuit, built by John D. Rockefeller Sr., are the expansive Italian-style garden, now enhanced with a collection of modern sculpture installed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, and the little-known walled Japanese garden, also brought to life by Governor Rockefeller. His mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, was the force behind the garden at the Eyrie, the family summer retreat in Maine. She collaborated with noted designer Beatrix Farrand to design a walled garden inspired by Asian aesthetics at the perimeter but filled with traditional perennials and borders.Photographer Larry Lederman has captured the beauty of these gardens in all seasons, focusing on the geometry of the designs and the processional approach and tour through the space and capturing the color and light that animates it.Text by Todd Forrest of the New York Botanical Garden and Cynthia Altman of Kykuit provides expert commentary on the design and plant materials.

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Weight 1397 g
Dimensions 277 × 249 mm

Larry Lederman

Author Bio

Larry Lederman has been photographing landscapes for the past ten years, with a focus on The New York Botanical Garden, where he is a member of the Board of Advisors. His work has been exhibited at the Mertz Gallery at the Garden and at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York.Todd Forrest, Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, is responsible for all the gardens, grounds, and exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden. Mr. Forrest was a principal contributor to The New York Botanical Garden (Abrams, 2016).Former editor of House & Garden, Dominique Browning now contributes to multiple publications in the design and landscape fields and writes a monthly column about environmental issues for the Environmental Defense Fund website. She is the author of Slow Love and Around the House and In the Garden, both of which chronicle her life after Conde Nast.





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