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Container Power at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton: Invitational Garden Container Show

On + Off + Inside + Out by Dennis Schrader

“On + Off + Inside + Out”  by Dennis Schrader of Landcraft Environments Ltd, Mattituck, NY


Last weekend at the gorgeous LongHouse Reserve Gardens which celebrates Culture, Art, Horticulture, Nature and Design, I was at the opening of the “Planters: ON + OFF the Ground VI,” the annual competition and exhibition of Horticultural Container Designs as art statements by 23 Landscape Designers in the East End Long Island Region on display through July 27….. It is always divine to be at LongHouse to see the diversity of the Sculptures in the Garden, the inspirational landscape designs and plantings and meditative art exhibits of world cultures and handcrafts…. Longhouse is the creation of Jack Lenor Larsen, the textile designer and design innovator and his collaborators.  Containers, Art, Sculpture in the Garden……all evolving as the cultural force that is LongHouse! Must See in person is the poetic “Daydream” by Alexandra Leighton of Garden schemes, St. James, NY, (Alas! no photo!)  A few Highlights:


Container of Burnt Cedar

Adam Baron, Suvi Asch, Hal Goldberg of Hal Goldberg Gardens and Landscapes, Southampton, LI and Brooklyn, NY


A Burnt Cedar Exterior as the container in a Modern Art Geometric Approach….



"Butterflies in a Basket" by Hope Herrlin

“Butterflies in a Basket” by Hope Herrlin of New Leaf Landscape Maintenance LLC of Southhampton



"Urban Jungle" by Summerhill Landscapes of Sag Harbor, NY... People's Choice by popular vote!

“Urban Jungle” by Summerhill Landscapes of Sag Harbor, NY… People’s Choice by popular vote!


LongHouse, by architect Charles Forberg

LongHouse, by architect Charles Forberg and built by Joe Tufariello, is inspired by the 7th-century Shinto shrine at Ise, Japan. Larsen decided to build the house on the property in East Hampton in 1986.  Lotus Pond is surrounded by “Garden Room” Designs featuring sculpture in a dialogue between art and nature.


Fly’s Eye Dome

Artist Yue Minjin’s “Warriors” Sculpture Laughing Eternally at Garden Visitors




A garden stroll on a summer evening with art, nature, and a few croaking frogs, Weeping Beeches, Lotuses



Fly’s Eye Dome

Fly’s Eye Dome (original idea by Buckminster Fuller, developed and produced by John Kuthik, 1998), Longhouse’s famous installation. Changing Scale is a major surprise element!



"Fly’s Eye Dome at Longhouse,"  watercolor by Lois Bender

“Fly’s Eye Dome at Longhouse,” watercolor by Lois Bender


Who could resist painting this gigantic sculpture! I couldn’t! A Visit to LongHouse just keeps you enthralled  on so many levels! GardenSpiritsNY Loves this Art and Garden Destination.

























  1. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos and your painting!

  2. Donna Howard says:

    Love Lois’ vision of the Fly’s Eye Dome. Looks like a big soccer ball to me!!

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