Remarkable design met Mother Nature at LongHouse Reserve’s Landscape Awards Luncheon, which was held on Saturday, September 16, at noon. The event, a celebration of outstanding landscape design and creativity, was held at the 16-acre reserve in East Hampton.

Kris Jarantoski, retired Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, was awarded the 2017 Garden Direction Award. Mr. Jarantoski was honored for his role in the creation of the Chicago Botanic Garden during his 40 years of service at that institution. Jarantoski was recognized for his extraordinary efforts at building the remarkable oasis. Kris played a major role in the creation of the 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas of the renowned Botanic Gardens’ 385-acre campus. He is an Honorary Life Member of the American Public Gardens Association.

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About LongHouse Reserve:

LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Eric Fischl, Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George Rickey, Alfonso Ossorio, Yoko Ono, Pavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937.