Board of Trustees
Dennis has participated in lecture tours across the country appearing at botanical gardens and horticultural societies. He graduated from the state university at Cobleskill NY where his majors were Environmental Design and Horticulture. He has appeared in national and international television programs such as Better Homes & Gardens TV, Martha Stewart Living TV, HGTV and Gardeners World where he has demonstrated “how to” projects. He is an advisor to the NYBG School of Horticulture and a member of various garden committees. Dennis has written numerous articles on gardening for national and international magazines. He has also written 2 books; ‘Hot Plants for Cool Climates’ and ‘Extraordinary Leaves’ with the photographer Stephen Green-Armitage. In 2020, Dennis and husband Bill Smith founded the Landcraft Garden Foundation, a not-for profit organization. The Foundation comprises 4 ½ acres of intensely designed gardens with an additional 10 acres of wild area. The foundation is dedicated to inspiring, educating and promoting excellence in horticulture.
Co Owner of Landcraft Environments Ltd. with Dennis Schrader, a wholesale greenhouse operation formed in 1992 specializing in rare and unusual annual and tropical plants. Bill and Dennis have created an extensive garden as a complement to their growing business which has been extensively photographed and published world wide. Their garden has not only been featured in most national and international gardening magazines but has been featured on many gardening TV shows.
Key to his garden design philosophy is the emphasis of strong color and textural relationships as well as incorporating plants as living architecture to achieve a unique and unexpected garden experience.
With a lifelong commitment to protecting the environment, Lucy is passionate about nature and public gardens, with the goal of bringing people together to experience the wonders of the wild and the creativity of the cultivated.
Lucy first experienced the extraordinary gardens of Landcraft in the summer of 1997, virtually falling off her bike when she saw palm trees, bananas and cannas growing in a farmhouse lawn. Little did she know that three decades later she would be given the opportunity to serve as a board member of the Landcraft Garden Foundation.
She grew up among the rolling farmland and roaring rivers of Lancaster, PA, and now makes her home on the Long Island Sound in Mattituck with her husband, Garrett. Lucy holds a BA in English, is a certified yoga teacher and is actively involved in the Southold Democratic Party and Audubon Society.
An active member of the design community, Ms. Paetzel was recently appointed to the New York State Board for Landscape Architecture and is a past board member of the New York State Council of Landscape Architects and NY Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Currently Ms. Paetzel is active as co-chair of the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Landscape Pleasures symposium. The firm’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Ocean Home and The Northforker.
Growing up on a farm in rural Virginia surrounded by open meadows and mountain views inspired Stacy’s love of native plants and landscapes that have a sense of place beyond the property line. Creating landscapes that inspire people to love and care for nature is her passion. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys tending her vegetable garden and creating arrangements from cuttings in the garden.
Jonathan has an extraordinary attention to detail and knowledge of materials and construction, which he hopes will be an asset to the Landcraft Garden Foundation.
Fergus is keen on plant communities in the wild, and biodiversity in the garden. He has an interest in Geology and Soil Science.
Fergus has received many national and international awards including the Royal Horticultural Society Associate of Honour in 2008, the Veitch Memorial Medal for outstanding contribution to the practice of horticulture in 2015 and the Victoria Medal of Honour in 2019 – the highest award given by the RHS to British Horticulturalists.
Fergus is an honorary Patron of the Beth Chatto Education Charity, and the President of the Northiam Horticultural Charity. Fergus sits on the garden advisory board for the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden Wisley, as well as the garden advisory board for Derek Jarman’s Garden Prospect Cottage Dungeness. Fergus is an external reviewer for BBC’s Gardener’s World Magazine.
Fergus is a member of the RHS’s Herbaceous Committee, as well as the RHS Plant Trials committee.
Fergus lives in Hastings East Sussex with his zoologist wife Amanda and two daughters. He is a keen cook -especially Turkish Cuisine and practices peasant green woodcraft in his spare time as well as reading the Flora of Turkey.
Mr. Groft’s commissions include master planning and design efforts for the American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, at which he recently implemented the first phase: The New American Garden. The world-class garden redirects the guest flow through the Museum grounds and showcases over 12,000 new plants drawn from a palette of American native perennials. Named for OvS’ hallmark style, the New American Garden is distinguished by a balance of horticultural complexity and architectural craftsmanship. The garden embraces the seasonality of the American meadow, magnifying its ecological systems, sustainable processes, and aesthetic values. The new infusion of botanical expression manifests in a profusion of color, texture, movement, and fragrance.
His frequently published design accomplishments in residential work are focused in the New York metropolitan area and in and around his home town of Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. They include Manhattan rooftop terraces; oceanfront estates on Long Island; historic properties in Connecticut and Upstate New York; farm properties in New York and New Jersey; a 3,500-acre nature preserve/hunting lodge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a 45,000-acre cattle ranch in New South Wales, Australia.
His federal work includes multiple commissions for the Federal Reserve Campus in Washington, DC. In 2003, Mr. Groft updated the landscape design and perimeter security on the facility’s campus, and is currently engaged in the renovation of the campus’ William McChesney Martin Building. Recently, Mr. Groft completed a re-design and installation of The Friendship Garden at the National Arboretum. The project was a revitalization of OvS’ original design from 25 years ago. His federal work extends to Bridgetown, Barbados, where Mr. Groft prepared the landscape master plan for the United States Embassy.
His design accomplishments include a riverine landscape in St. Louis, Missouri’s historic Forest Park; the corporate offices of the National Association of Realtors, in Washington, D.C; MacArthur Center, an urban retail complex, Norfolk, Virginia; South Franklin Circle, a senior housing community in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and two major projects at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA: The Alderman Library Quadrangle, a pedestrian promenade, and the University’s renovated and expanded bookstore.
Mr. Groft has a passion for horticulture and is dedicated to shepherding the evolution of OvS’ New American Garden Style. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in ecological sensitivity, environmental/wetland restoration, and shoreline stabilization/revetment. He frequently lectures on these topics and the work of OvS.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the Board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a member of the UVA School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board and a board member of the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis, MD. Mr. Groft is a member of the Royal Oak Foundation (an affiliate of the British National Trust), the UVA Dean’s Forum, and the Metro Hort Group in New York City, and was an adjudicator for the competition to re-design the grounds of the Washington Monument. Mr. Groft holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in geography/ environmental science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
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Rondinone has been the subject of recent institutional exhibitions at: Medellín Museum of Modern Art, Colombia; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; and Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York in 2019; Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark; and Tate Liverpool, UK in 2018; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow in 2017.
In 2016, Rondinone’s large-scale public work seven magic mountains opened outside Las Vegas, co-produced by the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.
In 2017, Rondinone curated a city-wide exhibition, “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno,” which was presented in twelve New York non-profit institutions: Artists Space, High Line Art, Howl! Happening, Hunter College Art Galleries, the Kitchen, New Museum, Red Bull Arts New York, Rubin Museum of Art, SkyArt, Swiss Institute, White Columns and 80WSE Gallery.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: Esther Schipper, Berlin; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome; SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand; Sadie Coles HQ, London, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Galerie Krobath, Vienna; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Phillip’s Collection, Washington, D.C.
Emily likes to cite William Gilpin, 18th century theorist of the picturesque, who directed builders of follies and artificial ruins to do so as if these ruins were not designed but naturally chosen. What’s more, writes Gilpin, they must be in magnificent style. Emily’s work, like her ideal faux ruin, evokes nature in magnificent style.