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Quincy Hammond’s roots are literally in the soil. A third-generation landscape architect, she began acquiring her intimate knowledge of plants at a very young age, working summers in her grandfather’s nursery. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, she spent eight years at Hollander Design in Manhattan. Her own practice, which specializes in minimal and modern interpretations of formal gardens, now has offices in Georgia and New York City.

     In response to a few questions about design and inspiration, Quincy reveals some of the cultural references and personal penchants that characterize her work…

What inspires you?
     Agricultural landscapes—allees of trees composing pecan orchards, with the shadows of branches and pockets of sunlight reflected in the grass beneath them. Rows of cotton that change with the seasons from spring green to snowy white. Fields of sunflowers all tilted towards the sun. Lines of grapevines punctuated by rosebushes.
     David Hicks’ garden, Oxfordshire. A paragon of good garden design: axial relationships between interior and exterior spaces, borrowed views, graphic plantings, refined details and minimal flowers. It is the rare garden in which real-life experience fulfills literary expectation. 
     “Equal Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi” by Richard Serra: the quiet power of proportion and appropriateness. 

The big picture precision created from tiny textural variation in Chuck Close's finger paintings. The tonal paintings of Mark Rothko and layered collages of Robert Motherwell.
   “The Education of a Gardener” by landscape legend Russell Page. Witty words from a modest man with ambitious vision. 
     Travel--seeing, exploring, experiencing.

Favorite shade of green?
     The chartreuse of new leaves on willows in spring. The emerald of a sweeping expanse of lawn. The bronze of copper beech leaves glowing under the sun. (Can’t pick just one.)

Is context everything?
     Not exactly. A garden should always be contextually appropriate to its setting—architectural, geographical, climatic. But the most successful landscapes also have the power to erase all sense of environmental context, becoming purely experiential and emotional.

Which three plants would you use to create a formal garden?

Carpinus betulus “Fastigiata”, Buxus “Green Velvet”, Tilia cordata “Greenspire” (see: Abercrombie & Fitch, Paris).

How would you characterize the main difference between a garden and a natural landscape?

A garden displays the hand of man (or woman).

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  1. 2016

    The Devon Yacht Club in East Hampton, New York and the Washington, Connecticut Garden Club invite Quincy to speak at their August meetings. 

  2. 2015

    Quincy is the featured speaker at the Hay House Spring Stroll in Macon, Georgia, May 1 and 2, 2015. 

  3. 2015

    The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southeast Chapter awards Quincy the Phillip Trammell Shutze Award in the category of Landscape Design.

  4. 2015

    Quincy gives a talk about her work to the Magnolia District of the Garden Club of Georgia at their annual luncheon in October.

  5. 2010

    Quincy Hammond Landscape Architecture opens for business, with bases in New York and Georgia and projects in Paris, Madrid, London, the Hamptons—wherever the work takes her!

  6. 2003

    Finally brave enough to make the move to New York City, Quincy works with Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects, developing her confidence and honing her aesthetic sensibility.

  7. 2002

    Quincy begins her career in Atlanta under the tutelage of Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan, learning from them the principles and pleasures of classical gardens.

  8. 1997

    Quincy discovers Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia—a practical field for a wanna-be art major.

  9. 1990

    Not one to let his children languish in front of the television, Steve Hammond encourages Quincy and her brother to work summers in the nursery—weeding, planting, mowing and pruning.

  10. 1978

    William Hill (Mac) McKenzie, a retired US Army Colonel and her grandfather, strolls through his nursery, pointing out plants and flowers to an eager young Quincy.


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