Making the Morgan’s Garden

Making the Morgan’s Garden

Wed, Sep 21, 2022
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Landscape architect Todd Longstaffe- Gowan discusses his role in the design and making of the Morgan Library & Museum’s new garden which opened to the public in June 2022, touching on the history of the site, the design objectives, his sources of inspiration, and the practicalities of building what he describes as “a whiff of Rome in Midtown Manhattan.”

The Garden Conservancy advocated in support of Longstaffe-Gowan’s proposal for the new Morgan Garden, which was approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2018. Although J. Pierpont Morgan wanted a garden in front of his Library, the area set aside remained unelaborated at his death in 1913. In the absence of any known designs, Longstaffe-Gowan pursued a scheme which aimed to reflect Morgan’s fascination with European culture as well as compliment the monumental yet intimate character of the library, an outstanding example of American Renaissance architecture by Charles F. McKim. This project, Longstaffe-Gowan said, was about “making the landscape more worthy of the building itself.” Longstaffe-Gowan is the author of English Garden Eccentrics: Three Hundred Years of Extraordinary Groves, Borrowings, Mountains and Menageries (2022).

This program is cosponsored by the Morgan Library & Museum.

Wednesday, September 21
6 to 7 p.m. Illustrated talk 

The Morgan Library & Museum

Morgan and Garden Conservancy Members, $20
General Public, $25

Tickets can be purchased through the Morgan, please follow the link below. 

About Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Todd Longstaffe‐Gowan is a landscape architect with an international practice based in London for both public and private clients. He is gardens adviser to Historic Royal Palaces (with responsibilities at six royal palaces including Hampton Court, Kensington, and Kew), landscape adviser to the Crown Estate Paving Commission in Regent’s Park, and president and founding member of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Todd has taken on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad, many of which have included an element of conservation.