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Old Westbury Gardens hosts “Gardeners’ Fair” Event

By Thomas Nothel


Old Westbury Gardens recently hosted their 2024 “Gardeners' Fair” gala event. The night was a smashing success. It was a full house for this highly anticipated event, which attracted a distinguished group of supporters and gardeners.


The elegant evening included a Westbury House tour and garden stroll, a cocktail hour with live music, a sit-down dinner and dancing, and a live and silent auction featuring a dazzling spectrum of generously donated items and exciting experiences.


A highlight of the evening was the recognition of the Honorees, Ed Hollander and Brian Sawyer, whose contributions to landscape architecture have been truly remarkable.


Ed Hollander, a renowned landscape architect, has transformed countless gardens and landscapes with his innovative designs and sustainable practices. His work not only beautifies spaces but also promotes ecological health, making him a revered figure in the field of landscape architecture.


Brian Sawyer, an acclaimed architecture, landscape and interior designer, is celebrated for his exquisite garden compositions that blend artistic vision with horticultural expertise.


His designs have graced some of the most prestigious properties and public spaces, earning him widespread acclaim and admiration.


The event committee, led by dedicated co-chairs Jess Green and Lynn Ely Dixon, worked tirelessly to ensure the event's success.


“We were absolutely thrilled to once again hold the Gardeners' Fair in May, a time when our gardens are truly at their best,” said Maura Brush, President of Old Westbury Gardens. “I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for this incredible night, especially our wonderful honorees, Ed and Brian, as well as our event co-chairs, generous sponsors, supporters, volunteer committees, and the OWG staff, whose efforts were instrumental in bringing this important event to life.”


“Your sincere support and overwhelming generosity will significantly aid our efforts to preserve and enhance Old Westbury Gardens,’ added Brush. “Ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy and be inspired by this beautiful historic site.”


The proceeds from the 2024 Gardeners' Fair directly support Old Westbury Gardens and its ongoing operation and preservation.


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