“Garden as Art” — A Fundraiser for Reynolda Gardens

On Wednesday, November 2, 2022, a sold-out crowd gathered for a luncheon at Old Town Club to support Reynolda Gardens. The event—co-chaired by Stewart Butler, Pollyann Holthusen, and Scottie Neill—honored Nancy Neill Spencer.

Thaïsa Way, director of garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and
landscape photographer Sahar Coston-Hardy introduced their
new book, Garden as Art: Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks. The book
explores Farrand’s original vision for Dumbarton as a living, breathing
work of art.

Reynolda Gardens strives to find the art in nature. This work is challenged,
however, by a changing environment. Today’s Formal Gardens
must withstand erratic weather and increased visitation while remaining
as beautiful and inspirational as their surroundings. Critically, the
Formal Gardens need greater electricity, improved drainage, and
increased accessibility for the public in order to move into the future
and better serve our shared community. This important work can only
be accomplished with your support.

Funds raised at this event support the continued reawakening of
Thomas Sears’s design for the Formal Gardens—a landscape that is both
an artform and a beloved oasis that fosters a sense of joy for all who visit.

An Afternoon to Remember

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors

Patty and Malcolm Brown
Megan Salzman Medica
Scottie and David Neill
Leigh and Gray Smith

Benefactor Sponsors
Bank of America Private Bank
Laura W. Hearn
Pollyann and Greg Holthusen
Mr. and Mrs. David G. Townsend

Event Partners
JALA Jeff Allen Landscape Architecture
Anne Babcock
Jonathan and Kristie Blanco
Wilba Parrish Brady
Agnes Butler
Mrs. David Bahnson Butler
Chip Callaway
Claire Christopher
Luci and Dek Driscoll
Beth Duckett and Mary Blake White
Mary McCabe Dudley
Nella Purrington Fulton
Thomas A. Gray
Betty Griffith
Judith Morrill Hanes
Robbie and Dave Irvin
Dyeann and Henry Jordan
Curtis Leonard and Robert Leath
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Mann
Ed and Rebecca McKee
Cathleen and Ray McKinney
Kathryn and Hof Milam
Christoph and Drewry Nostitz
Merritt and Laney Orr
Nancy T. Pleasants
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Schindler
Tom Skinner and Erika von Isenburg
Gwynne and Dan Taylor
Kay Triplett
Sissy and Jeff Whittington
Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Wimmer

Phyllis Alexander
Jim and Marianne Bennett
James T. and Louise R. Broyhill Foundation
Gina and Mark Caudill
Terrie and John Davis
Flower Lore Garden Club, in honor of Nancy Neill Spencer
Lloyd and Jay Ford
Nancy and Pat Grantham
Susan and Charles Hauser
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher H. Oldham
Piedmont Carolina Nursery and Landscaping
Louise Pollard
Becky Symons, in honor of Nancy Neill Spencer
Wynne Tanner
Nancy and Harry Underwood
Mary Lynn Wigodsky
Steve and Julie Williams

Explore Dumbarton Oaks
Thaïsa Way, director of garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks / Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy
Landscape photographer Sahar Coston-Hardy
Dumbarton Oaks / Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy
Dumbarton Oaks / Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy
Dumbarton Oaks / Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy
“Garden as Art: Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks”