In his presentation, From Concept to Reality, Mr. Murray shared insight gained from over thirty years of experience as a designer and architect, and the collaboration required to transform projects from drawings into existence. His meticulous attention to detail was illustrated through a tour of an elegantly appointed New York City apartment. Mr. Murray’s presentation was based on his recently published monograph, Classical Invention: The Architecture of John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press), which features three of his collaborations with OvS. The event gave professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds – architecture, interior design, art, urban planning and landscape architecture a chance to interact and explore the concepts of classical design. Following the presentation, Mr. Murray signed copies of the monograph for attendees.
After the kick off of the 14th Annual Winter Lecture Series featuring Emeritus Professor Brian J. Huntley, Eric Groft and NYBG Board Member Julie Sakellariadis made a quick tour of the Garden before jumping the Metro North Train back to the City. From The Double allee of Liriodendron tulipifera/Tulip Trees at the beaux arts Heaquarters Building to the recently opened and OvS designed Native Plant Garden, NYBG was dressed in a skirt of snow and ice on a day that the temps stayed well below freezing.
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After five years of design and construction, the Native Garden opened in May of 2013. The sound of falling water from the water feature and the crunch of ice underfoot provided a wintery focus to the back drop of ever-gold native grasses and forbs. One highlight was the Cornus siricea ‘Cardinal’/Red Twig Dogwood in the Bog Garden with iridescent twigs coming out of the white blanket of snow.
With temperatures during the coldest January on record for most of the East Coast, even the Hamamalis/Witch Hazel was not showing any sign of flowering any time soon. It sure looks like six more weeks of winter here!