Fairfield County, CT Open Day

Fairfield County, CT Open Day

Sat, Aug 18, 2018
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

InSitu is an eight-acre sculpture garden where nature and art dramatically interact. Nestled in the rural countryside near Redding, the property is surrounded by the 312-acre Saugatuck Waterfall Natural Area, a landscape of deciduous woodlands, rocky outcroppings, and meadows, permeated by a series of small creeks that empty into the Saugatuck River. Working with a team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and artists, owner Michael Marocco has created a richly composed showcase of architecture, horticulture, and sculpture, seamlessly woven together in a series of eighteen garden rooms. InSitu's structures were extensively renovated by New Haven-based architect Robert Orr, who drew upon their heritage as utility buildings by incorporating rustic barn beams as their framework. The house and outbuildings express the rural Connecticut vernacular spirit. Cedar shakes and deep reds and browns integrate the buildings comfortably into the landscape.

The property's interior designer, New York City-based Harry Schnaper, captures Connecticut's charm and elevates it to a level of refined elegance with a palette of natural materials, richly textured fabrics, and exquisite artwork. InSitu's landscape designer, Seattle-based Richard Hartlage, integrates the material palette of the architecture and interior design into the landscape by blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. The garden rooms include native meadows, deciduous trees, flowering plants, architectural arbors, water features, terraces, and sculptures, all connected by grass, stone, and woodland walkways. Sculptures are seamlessly woven into the garden rooms and establish a unique backdrop for each garden space. Created by local and internationally recognized artists, they are beautifully crafted in wood, stone, and metal. Near the house, formal elements ground the visitor, offering a place of refuge from which to observe the surrounding landscape. As the landscape unfolds, the plantings soften and become bold, with arching sweeps of native grasses and lawns. A romantic atmosphere is found in the softly textured plantings, rolling hills, and subtle color palette. The property is meticulously cared for by John Kuczo of Wilton. InSitu has been featured in numerous interior decorating and garden publications and is included in the 2015 Garden Conservancy’s 25th anniversary book, Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration.

Directions: From the Merritt Parkway/Route 15 North, take Exit 42/Highway 57 toward Westport/Weston. Go 0.2 mile. At traffic light at end of ramp, turn right onto Highway 57/Weston Road (signs for Weston). Go 3.8 miles. Turn left onto Route 57/Georgetown Road and go 4 miles. Turn right onto Route 107/Redding Road. Go 3.9 miles. Toward the end of the reservoir, cross a small bridge. Turn left to continue on Redding Road/Route 53 North. Pass The Redding Road House and cemetery on right. At flashing light, turn left onto Diamond Hill Road. The Mark Twain Library is on left. Go about 0.25 mile. Garden is on right. Please park on upper road. *Note: The mailbox numbers are not in order.

Open Days 2018: August 18
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.

Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.

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