Landscape Inspirations – Country Place Era

Join us Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Celebrate the Country Place Era (1890 – 1930) of Kingwood Center Gardens – a time when American gardens were designed to emulate those in Europe with formal garden styles. Keynote address presented by Tres Fromme, principal and founder of 3.fromme DESIGN, LLC.

Keynote Speaker: Tres Fromme

Ecstatic Beauty: The Enchantment of Country Place Era Estates

Country Place Era estates were unique domains dedicated to immersing owners and guests in multitudinous aspects of beauty. These unique combinations of garden, architecture, and art intentionally transported people outside of themselves, setting them into realms of aesthetic delight. Indeed, estates engaged people’s senses and imaginations, transforming daily routines into rich celebrations of life. Today, a number of estates continue to do so through creatively evolving their legacy decades after their founding. 

Fromme will share his personal thoughts on various estates with which he has worked or visited over his career. The presentation will suggest how you might find inspiration for your own garden. 

Meet Tres Fromme, Principal 3.Fromme Design; Designer-in-Residence Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Tres Fromme is known for his expertise in creating compelling and memorable experiences as well as his wide-ranging plant knowledge, creative and rich planting designs and spectacular floriculture displays. His work with 3.fromme DESIGN focuses on offering public garden experiences for a diverse audience. Fromme led planning and design at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania from 1996-2006 and Atlanta Botanical Garden from 2012-2016. He held Designer in Residence positions at both Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and Huntsville Botanical Garden. Fromme holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Delaware.  

Meet Mark N. Gilles, Consultant and Former Director of Historic Preservation, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Explore the nearby Arts and Crafts gardens of Stan Hywet Hall, designed by landscape architect Warren Manning. Gilles will share how the visions of the initial Stan Hywet Hall Foundation’s volunteers became the reality of restoration work, including the before and after of the 1996 Master Plan to restore twelve major gardens on the estate.   

Meet Charles Gleaves, Former Executive Director of Kingwood Center Gardens

Learn about the Formal Garden Study from the former Executive Director of Kingwood Center Gardens.

A tour of Mr. King’s Formal Gardens will follow the presentations.

$50 Kingwood Members $65 Non-Members

Registration includes morning refreshments