David Netto To Judge Gardening Competition At LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will host its bi-annual container gardening competition, “Planters: On+Off The Ground XI,” on June 24. Artists, designers, gardeners, and landscapers will bring inventiveness, imagination, and innovation to make garden creations that go far beyond plants in pots. Each competitor is given a 25 square foot area and a week to build and grow. At 4:30 PM on Saturday, visitors cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. At 6 PM, this year’s celebrity judge, esteemed interior designer and writer, David Netto will announce the 2023 winners. Enjoy the creative displays with cocktails, music, and community. “Planters” will remain on view to the public throughout the summer!

Tickets for the opening event are $40 or $30 for LongHouse Reserve members. Visit longhouse.org to reserve tickets.

The 11th edition of Planters is led by Garden Committee Chair Deborah Nevins and Event Chair Elizabeth Lear. Participants include Monica Banks, Scott Bluedorn, Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, Christina Stubelek Garden Design, deMauro + deMauro Landscape Design, Elizabeth A Lear Landscape Associates, Hamptons Grass & Bamboo, Harvest and Bloom, Hedges & Gardens/The Irony Ltd, Hortulano, LaGuardia Design Group, Landcraft Environments Ltd, LaPenna-Lee Gardens and Tyler Graphics, Marders, Hope Sandrow, Soil Inc, Studio Melrose, Summerhill Landscapes, Joshua Werber, Nico Yektai LLC, and Abbie Zabar Inc.

David Netto is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and writer. He grew up in New York. His father owned the fabric house Cowtan & Tout. From an early age he was interested in architecture, furniture, cars, and the history of each.

Since dropping out of Harvard Architecture School and founding his studio in New York in 2000, he has specialized in residential decoration. It might be said that David’s work is known for trying to bring to modernism a touch of warmth and personality, and to traditionalism young energy and a dash of the exotic. For a project to be successful he believes in the importance of getting the architecture right, but that good decoration should also be a portrait of the person who lives there. His projects have been published in Vogue, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Town & Country, and Veranda, as well as several books.

In 2002 David launched NettoCollection, a pioneering line of modern children’s furniture which channeled the style and beauty of pieces from the 1930s and ’50s.

As a writer on the history of architecture and design, from 2010 to 2012 he worked as contributing design editor to the Wall Street Journal. After 2012 he did so for T, the New York Times Style Magazine, and now writes the Case Studies column for Town & Country. Recently David authored a monograph on the work of Francois Catroux, published by Rizzoli, and is presently writing the text for the upcoming Stephen Sills book.

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