A Landscape Plan for the Thomas Lyman House

APLD CT Board members, Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell, have recently collaborated on developing a landscape plan for the lovely historic Thomas Lyman House in Durham, CT. One of the finest examples of Georgian style architecture in the area, it was built in 1778 and sits on 13 acres of pristine lands including lakes, ponds, and waterfalls. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was recently donated to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation by the family who has owned it since 1949. The sale of the house will allow the Trust to set up a revolving fund to help in their work to protect other historic houses.

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House

 

The board of the Connecticut Trust reached out to Lucy Van Liew, who recently has been chairing a group with the Madison Historic Society to establish a Historic District in her neighborhood. The Trust asked Lucy to provide a landscape plan that would inspire potential buyers to imagine the possibilities for improvements to the grounds around the house.

Lucy asked Christine if she would partner on this pro bono project. It proved an interesting and stimulating collaboration since they both run independent practices and have different but complementary styles.

There were specific issues such as proximity to a busy road, lack of outbuildings or garages, challenging gradients, poor driveway access and parking and little usable outside ‘living spaces’.

With these in mind and with a wish to enhance the beauty and character of the house and its surrounds, while also improving functionality, Lucy and Christine developed a plan and a series of illustrations to inspire buyers.

They presented their plan to the Trust who will be using it to promote the sale of the house.

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Welcoming Two New APLDCT Board members

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our two new APLDCT Board members, Eva Chiamulera and Christine Darnell.  While you’ve probably meet Eva and Christine at one of our Chapter events, you may be interested to learn a bit more about them.

More About Eva 

Eva grew up in a family that was passionate about gardening and the arts, so she chose to combine her interest in plants and architecture through her pursuit of landscape design, and has been working full time in the industry since 2000.  Eva joined the Austin Ganim Landscape Design team in 2008, bringing with her several years of residential design experience from her work at several prominent landscape firms in Boston and New York that allowed her to work throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her residential design work ranges from intimate children’s gardens to large residential estates, created in a variety of styles.  Her commercial work includes outdoor dining spaces, plazas, and planting design for an area train station.

Eva has written  articles on plants and gardens for several area shelter magazines, such as East Coast Home & Design, and enjoys giving talks to garden enthusiasts.  She has enjoyed volunteering in several Fairfield County garden tours and related events to assist in educating the public about landscapes and garden design.

Eva would like to see APLDCT expand its membership and explore mentoring opportunities for individuals looking to enter the profession with APLDCT members.  She would also like to see the Chapter gain prominence in both the design community at large as well as with the general public to become a go-to resource for landscape needs through networking and public outreach.

More About Christine

Trained as a sculptor, Christine is expert in constructing elegant outdoor spaces. At the heart of her vision is the desire to bring into being garden spaces that her clients will enjoy for a lifetime.

Christine made her living as a studio artist for many years before founding Christine Darnell Design Studio in 2009 after earning a Master’s degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. She has worked professionally in Westchester, NY and Fairfield and New Haven counties in CT. In conjunction with office practice, she has worked in the design/build and nursery industry and provides a certain perspective in balancing design sensitivity and practicality.

Christine is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and teaches Landscape Design Studio classes at the Native Plant Center and Naugatuck Valley Community College. She became a Master Gardener in 2003.  Christine has enthusiastically volunteered and attended almost every Chapter event since our inception.

Hats off to both Eva and Christine for stepping forward to offer their time and energy to enrich our Chapter.