TCLF Garden Dialogues: Manitoga / Russell Wright Design Center with Jan Johnsen
October 15, 2017
The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s 2017 Garden Dialogues program focuses on Modern landscapes and their creators in a series titled, “Modernist Milestones.” Manitoga is a Shangri-La created from an abandoned quarry. Author, landscape designer, and stone aficionado Jan Johnsen will provide her unique insights into how mid-century designer Russel Wright transformed the raw material of this site into his home and studio, which today is a National Historic Landmark.
As natural outcrops or consciously placed, stone is integral to Wright's overall site design concept in both landscape and architecture. In a stroke of genius Wright used a quarry ledge as the floor of the living and dining area, creating a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor space.
Wright and his wife/business partner Mary purchased the 75-acre site in 1942. Over the course of 34 years, he transformed it into a landscape of stream-crossed woodlands and steep ravines, profusions of ferns and moss, and various trees and shrub species of the region. Built into the quarry ledge is Dragon Rock, Wright's experimental house and studio.
Johnsen will identify the passages of Wright’s relationship with the land, connecting it to themes in her most recent publication, The Spirit of Stone - 101 Practical and Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden. The walk will culminate on the stone terraces of Dragon Rock, overlooking the Quarry Pool.
Sunday October 15, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Manitoga / Russell Wright Design Center
584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
Advance registration recommended