By MICHELE GRAHAM
Photography by CHICHI UBIÑA
Miriam Landsman always had an eye for beauty. Five decades later it’s still as vibrant as ever. This doyenne of Greenwich floral design says. “I’ve had the honor and privilege to go to many special places in Greenwich.” A relatively recent job included doing the flowers for a wedding at Lia Fail – the authentic amphitheater on the old O’Neil estate.
When it comes to design, Landsman says, “She let’s flowers do their thing. I especially love roses and wildflowers and mixing textures and colors. I love an undisciplined look.” Long before the Debra Prinzing’s Slow Flower movement and Erin Benzakein’s Floret Farms started their dominance on Instagram, Landsman was embracing relaxed floral design.
For the past 35 years, Miriam has lived with her husband, sculptor Donald Landsman, on 11 stunning acres abutting the Montgomery Pinetum and Pomerance Properties. Many passersby recognize the property for the 15-foot high blue bunny sculpture that’s illuminated in the Landsman’s field during the holiday season.
While seven acres are cultivated, four have been left natural, with only Donald’s hand cut paths winding through them. It’s more than proximity that contributes to Miriam’s close relationship with the Greenwich Garden Education Center. She’s been a member for 45 years and served on the board for many of those. “I learned a tremendous amount here. They would bring in the most incredible flower arrangers from all over the country and the UK. In a professional sense, I grew up here. This was my school, my education.” Today, Miriam continues her involvement by serving on the Garden Education Center’s Advisory Council.
And while Miriam has an enviable amount of acreage to cultivate flowers, she prefers to use a combination of commercially grown flowers and then “spice things up” using the flora from her garden. “My favorite thing is to go to the flower market. The wholesale market in Norwalk is wonderful. There’s no need to go into New York anymore. It nourishes me to see what’s possible from all over the world.”
During the growing season, Miriam still goes out to her garden every morning, clippers in hand. She places flowers throughout her house, gifts bouquets to friends. Indulging in her passion for flowers and spicing up beauty wherever she goes.