“Farrand had never traveled to Asia, and Abby Rockefeller spent only a few months there, so the garden is a work of imagination,” says Lederman, whose book also features the grounds of Kykuit, the family’s estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. “They knew it wasn’t authentic—at the center was an English-style cutting garden of summer-blooming flowers for the house—but those ladies didn’t care. It’s a genius conceit, and it absolutely knocks your socks off.”
Best book he ever received as a gift? Richard Powers stated in his NY Times Book Review profile it was Magnificent Trees!
From the Intro to Magnificent Trees
‘‘Larry has developed a particular, lyrical, and artistic view of the Garden,” says Gregory Long, President of The New York Botanical Garden. ‘‘Throughout the Garden’s 125-year history, no other observers have known and documented these collections so thoroughly.’’
From the NYBG Blog Plant Talk
Larry’s photographs present a perspective on these places that is unlike the work of any other photographer I have seen. His pictures never seem static or staged—they draw the viewer in by somehow capturing and revealing the fleeting and dynamic quality of light reflecting off flowers and foliage.
Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross VP for Horticulture and Living Collections
Garden Design Magazine about Magnificent Trees
"Shapes and colors are new, not like anything we have seen before....Lederman has artfully documented his own communion with these creatures....We can get lost in these photographs."