“The day I went to the Humes [Garden], it was a misty, moist morning and the trunks of the trees had been limbed up. They were all sort of black and glowing and there was the sound of the clicking and clacking of the bamboo groves. We walked along that quiet morning and kept discovering more beautiful images for the eye.” - Suzanne Rheinstein
Internationally renowned interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein has been a dear friend and member of our board of directors since 2004. After an inspiring visit to the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, NY, Suzanne created the Frederic Rheinstein Fund to honor her late husband. Inspired by Fred’s illustrious career in television and media and by her own belief that gardens are most meaningful when experienced firsthand, Suzanne envisioned a new, dynamic way of preserving gardens. From this vision grew the Conservancy’s Documentation Program, creating new documentary film footage as well as organizing a wealth of historical archival materials. Documentation offers an important way to preserve these fragile, remarkable spaces for future generations.
This fund is now known as the Suzanne and Frederic Rheinstein Fund for Garden Documentation. Click here if you would like to make a donation to the fund.