CHEROKEE GARDEN LIBRARY LECTURE: DEBORAH NEVINS, GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN: WHERE BEAUTY AND SUSTAINABILITY MEET
At the Cherokee Garden Library’s fall lecture—in partnership with The Garden Conservancy—Deborah Nevins’ talk will feature the work of her New York-based landscape design firm, Deborah Nevins & Associates, including examples of the firm’s purpose to go beyond solely being beautiful in their commitment to sustainability.
Nevins’ design work is steeped in her vast knowledge of architectural and landscape history. After earning a Master of Art History from Columbia University, she lectured on landscape history at Barnard College and the Cooper Hewitt Museum for a decade, later morphing her passions into an extraordinary career in garden design.
Her firm is known for its expertise in working with fragile natural environments using indigenous plant communities in harmony with the local ecology—especially wetlands and protected areas in the U.S. and beyond. Key principles in the firm’s approach to sustainability include ease of maintenance, function and performance, safety, and universal accessibility.
Nevins’ firm designs projects all over the world, ranging in size from compact urban gardens to a ranch of several thousand acres. Major projects include the 40-acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center and Park in Athens, Greece in collaboration with Italian designer Renzo Piano’s firm; the expansion of the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and significant gardens and estates throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, including those of Michael Eisner, David Geffen, and Tommy Hilfiger. Deborah Nevins is revered among designers and clients throughout the world.
The illustrated presentation will be followed by a reception.