2017 Place Maker and Place Keeper Honorees


news_placemaker_2017_pic5.pngThis year we are pleased to honor Molly Chappellet, co-founder of world-renowned Chappellet Winery, as our 2017 Place Maker awardee. Inspired by the agricultural landscape and the natural surroundings of her Pritchard Hill home in the Napa Valley, Molly creates panoramic land art from discarded vineyard materials. Heaps of tangled wire, old grape stakes, rusted irrigation pipes, and straw “waddles” form dramatic sculptures in the middle of the Vineyard Garden. Surrounding her home, massive limbs from a 350-year-old oak accompany enormous boulders, which together with swaths of native and exotic plantings create a uniquely harmonious and healing environment.

news_placekeeper_2017_pic6.pngWe are also delighted that Sofia and Peter Blanchard will accept the 2017 Place Keeper award in recognition of their success in converting Greenwood Gardens, Peter’s twenty-eight-acre family estate and childhood home in Short Hills, New Jersey, into a membership organization open to the public. With preliminary nurturing by the Garden Conservancy, this magnificent landmark property is currently undergoing restoration, and its terraced gardens, meadows, and woodlands, along with the grottoes and teahouses designed in the early twentieth century by William Whetten Renwick, now serve as a haven of tranquility as well as a window on the gracious grandeur of New Jersey’s past.

Do join us on this festive occasion by purchasing a ticket or table for ten here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
11:30 am until 2:00 pm
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
11:30 am until 2:00 pm
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North