Garden Dialogues 2018 -- Millbrook, NY

Registration Eligibility
Open to landscape architecture professionals, allied designers, and the general public.
Start Date
End Date
Saturday, June 16, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Millbrook, NY

Located in the Hudson River town of Millbrook, New York, this 13-acre secluded country property is surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected land. Mismanagement of the site over the years required a holistic approach to the reimaged landscape. With little else remaining on the central parcel of land, much of the work undertaken was to re-establish deciduous and evergreen plantings throughout the property and to selectively prune or remove any of the remaining mature trees on site that were in poor health. In addition to developing an ongoing tree-management plan, great effort was taken to re-establish and develop the site’s many acres of meadows. As with much of the plantings on site, the meadows include strictly native plantings.

Access to the property and the overall circulation pattern were completely rethought to reorganize views into and within the site. Around the main house, guest house, and pool house, new parking areas, stone patios, stone walls, pathways between buildings, a large pond, and cultivated gardens were established. A cohesive materials palette was coordinated with the project architect to link the main house and outbuildings visually to the new stone walls, terraces, fences, and pathways.

Robin Key, RLA, ASLA, CLARB (partner in charge and co-designer), brings over 30 years of experience in educational, institutional, and residential projects to the practice she started in 1987. Her work bridges historic precedent and contemporary design by utilizing her extensive plant knowledge and strong background in site planning.

An interest in historic gardens has led her to many opportunities for the historic restoration of New York’s landscapes, including the master plan for First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village; the restoration of the landscape of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown; the renovation of Alice Ireys’ townhouse garden in Brooklyn Heights; and the restoration and modernization of the outdoor spaces for Tavern on the Green.

Beyond her studio work, Robin is also an active supporter of cultural institutions in the region. She currently serves on the board of The Olana Partnership, whose mission is to restore the 250-acre environment of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. Robin also serves on the Stewardship Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Advisory Board of The Noguchi Museum.

Erin Moriarty (project manager and co-designer) is trained in the fields of anthropology, botany, and landscape architecture. She brings a unique perspective to her work at RKLA Studio, where she has worked as a designer and project man­ager since 2006. Erin was the project manager on RKLA Studio’s Tavern on the Green project, which won a 2015 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. She was also the co-designer and project manager for RKLA Studio’s columbarium project at Center Cemetery in Norfolk, Connecticut, which has been featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. Erin received a B.S. in ethnobotany from Vassar College and an M.L.A. from Cornell University.

2.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees pending approval.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and sponsors, tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax-deductible, and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Millbrook, NY
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Learn how successful landscape architects collaborate with their clients to identify and meet their needs.
2. Learn about the design process for developing the landscape and the planting plan.
3. Learn about appropriate plant selection for landscapes in this region and zone.
Robin Key, RLA, ASLA, CLARB, of RKLA Studio and Erin Moriarty, MLA, of RKLA Studio
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