As part of its fourth annual awards luncheon at Tavern-on-the-Green in Central Park, the foundation will honor Suhr and garden historian Mac Griswold with its Place Maker award. Adrian Benepe, commissioner of New York City Parks, will receive the group’s Place Keeper award.
Suhr was highly regarded as the interior designer who created Bloomingdale’s imaginative furniture showrooms before she and her late husband became interested in gardening at their former weekend home in Chappaqua. Today, their 8-acre garden, known as Rocky Hills, is a showpiece that’s long been a mainstay of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.
Suhr is working with the conservancy and the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to ensure that her great garden will be preserved as a horticultural education center.
(Steve Schmitt photos)
Previous recipients of these awards include Tom Armstrong, chairman of the Garden Conservancy, and Roger Kennedy, former director of the National Park Service.
For more information, visit foundationforlandscapestudies.org or call 212-595-8049.
Henriette Suhr will open Rocky Hills to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 23 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Progam. Admission is $5.
(Mark Vergari photo)
At 6 p.m. May 30, the conservancy and the Friends of Rocky Hills are hosting a garden party to raise money for the preservation of her garden.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, chairman of the Department of Emergency Mediciine at NYU Medical Center and director of the NYC Poison Center. His talk will focus on common poisonous plants found in Westchester.
The garden party will be at Rocky Hills, 95 Old Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua.
Reservations are $40 per person for members of the Friends of Rocky Hills, $50 for nonmembers. To make a reservation, call the Garden Conservancy, which is based in Cold Spring, at 845-265-2029. Reservations are not needed for the Open Days Program. Both events are rain or shine.