On Saturday, July 15th, The Cultural Landscape Foundation will sponsor a garden dialogue with Robin Key of RKLA Studio in conversation with artist, Dan Snow.
A fourth generation of the Key family has begun to ramble Winhall Hollow. Pond and stream, woods and fields, are the wider setting for their active home and garden life. Into the mix comes long-time friend and dry stone specialist, Dan Snow. He has constructed numerous stone features on the grounds around their house and barns. Stone from the property has been used to fashion steps, patios, retaining walls and fences. Robin Key’s landscape design has seamlessly woven a contemporary aesthetic into the historic fabric of the Hollow.
This event is a fundraiser for The Cultural Landscape Foundation. To support TCLF and purchase tickets for this event click HERE for details. Tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. 2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees.
July 15th from 2 – 4 PM, Borderline Farm, 2455 Spring Hill Road, South Londonderry, VT 05155
ABOUT ROBIN KEY, RLA, ASLA, CLARB
Robin 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.
Robin received a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and pursued her graduate studies at Cornell University. She 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. Robin is currently licensed in the states of New York and Connecticut.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robin developed an appreciation of landscape through the area’s forest preserves and native prairie. Her own 80-acre property with woodlands, walls, meadows, a creek and a brook in southern Vermont has served as an experimental canvas for testing out new ideas on site planning, design, planting, and construction for the past 30 years.
ABOUT DAN SNOW
Dan Snow is an art maker in the outdoors. In broad terms, his work is classified as found-object assemblage. Dry laid stone construction is the mode of making he employs to devise site-specific works of environmental art. He combines mastercraftsman skills with sculptural artistry to bring new geologic forms into the natural world. The works stand alone as sculpture, and come alive when engaged by visitors to their environs. Many pieces are large enough to be walked through and climbed upon, inviting the same participation as do their greater surroundings. Snow’s forty year career of creating in stone has taken him across the USA, the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. When not traveling for public and private art commissions, Snow resides in Vermont where he was born and raised. After attending Pratt Institute and assisting sculptors in New York for four years he returned home to begin making both practical and purposeless stone constructions. His permanent installations number in the hundreds, and counting. In 2001 Snow authored In the Company of Stone. His second book Listening to Stone, came out in 2008. His creative process is the subject of the documentary film Stone Rising. A Mastercraftsman with The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, Snow lectures, leads workshops and writes about the art and craft of working with dry stone in the landscape.