Formality & Informality: a lecture at the ICAA, New York


WHEN: 19 September 2017

WHERE: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10036


Arne Maynard designs gardens that play with the balance between formality and informality. It is the combination of these two principles that yields gardens full of romantic, atmospheric and informal planting, and which have a longevity that comes from the enduring strength of a formal structure.  

In this exclusive lecture for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in New York, co-hosted by Architectural Digest, Arne will talk through a selection of his mature projects, showing how the layers of formality and informality play their roles in his designs.

The formal layout, defined by elements such as paths and hedges, trees and topiary, form the bones of the garden that endure throughout the year. These are juxtaposed with plants that are encouraged, in their moment of exuberance, to truly inhabit the spaces. In Arne Maynard gardens roses tumble through trees and spill over walls, above meadows and borders that are celebrations of the seasons, temporarily dissolving the perennial formality of the structure beneath.

Tickets for this event are free for ICAA members and $30 for non-members.


Photographs © William Collinson. Not for reproduction without permission.

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