The Good Garden


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Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly, two of New York's most eminent landscape designers, best known for their work in the Hamptons, reveal how plants can add sensuality, texture, structure, and color to any garden.

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In the twenty-plus years since its founding, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects has consistently received American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awards at the local and national levels each year between 2003 and 2011, demonstrating sustained recognition by its peers of its leadership in design excellence. The firm has also received awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for collaborative projects. Anne Raver has been writing about gardening and the environment for 25 years. An award-winning columnist and feature writer for Newsday and the New York Times, she lives on a farm in Maryland that has been in her family since 1795. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and has a master's degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University; she was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. While tending organic hayfields and acres of native grasses that help to clean Chesapeake Bay, Anne continues to write for the New York Times, County Gardens, and Landscape Architecture.


"These two landscape architects had served as ever-patient mentors in my early days of garden writing for Newsday, on Long Island, when I hardly knew a perennial from a petunia, and later for the New York Times, when I was stretching out into writing about public parks, environmental restoration and landscape architecture. No question was too small. No time too busy. For the months we were working on The Good Garden, we three spent a few hours every week talking about the essence of good design. For instance, they may plant an allee of Natchez crepe myrtles marching down to a Hamptons beach because these icons of such Southern cities as Charleston and Savannah are tolerant of salt winds and lean soils. Or they may use a single London plane tree, with its high spreading branches, as an airy ceiling for a summer terrace. And they'd be loath to bulldoze a cluster of wild cherry trees, their trunks and limbs sculpted by the wind, as other designers might do in order to create an uninterrupted lawn."
-Anne Raver, 1st Dibs' Introspective Magazine

"Known for his prolific work on the estates of New York's Long Island, Edmund Hollander creates grand gardens to embrace the palatial homes that dot the enclaves of the Hamptons: majestic oak allees leading to shingled manses, sharply sculpted hedges ringing sleek contemporary piles. In The Good Garden, Hollander explores the alchemy that connects landscape to residence. The volume, helpfully divided into sections by element-such as borders, hedges, and pool plantings-offers verdant insight into the poetic ways nature can improve and enhance architecture. It's lush, leafy escapism of the highest order."

"Large or small, a pool under the sun is the quintessence of summertime in the Hamptons. In his new book, The Good Garden, Manhattan- and Hamptons-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander has gathered some of the memorable pools and adjoining gardens he and his firm have created during the past several decades. From an infinity-eddge masterpiece with a glass wall overlooking the ocean to a simple in-ground pool, Hollander stresses 'understanding the human, natural, and architectrual ecology of a site.'"
-Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

"Flip through for breathtaking examples of their layered, nuanced approach, whether the subject is a gorgeous allee of cherry trees supplying seductive cover for a house, a clipped privet hedge providing an architectural backdrop for a large sculpture, or a dreamy profusion of flowering plants enclosing a swimming pool."
-Town & Country

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