This year the focus of the Cornwall Library June benefit, Books & Blooms, is country gardens. The two-day event begins Friday evening, June 8 with a talk by Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and Sharon resident. Following Lynden’s talk—“40 Years of Gardening: Private and Public”— there will be a cocktail reception.
The event continues Saturday, June 9 with self-guided tours of four country gardens in North Cornwall, Cornwall, Sharon, and Milton. New and out-of-print gardening books will be on sale throughout the weekend.
Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City. In 1982, she rescued and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Based on her belief that good public open spaces can change city life, she has designed many other gardens and parks in all five boroughs since that time.
She is the author of Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, published by Norton in 2009. The book was the winner of American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.
Her work in New York City includes designs for gardens and parks in all 5 boroughs, for example, Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, Madison Square Park, the Entry Garden at Chelsea Cove in Hudson River Park and the 97th Street Park Avenue Mall. She has designed landscape improvements to the campuses at Columbia, Princeton, Stony Brook University on Long Island and plantings for the garden at the Museum of Modern Art. She redesigned the plantings for the British Garden in Hanover Square and has reinvigorated the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park.
Mrs. Miller was trained as a painter and studied horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden before beginning her public career. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks and the New York Botanical Garden and teaches about public space and horticulture at New York University and Columbia University.
In October 1999, Smith College honored Mrs. Miller, describing her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.”
Talk & Cocktail Reception: Friday evening, June 8, 6 – 8 pm
Tour of 4 country gardens: Saturday, June 9, 10 am – 4 pm
Tickets: $30 per day per person or $ 50 for both days.
As space is limited to the Friday event, reservations are suggested.
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