Antiques at the Gardens | 2019 Speakers

 Antiques at the Gardens is delighted to welcome inspiring speakers from across the country. Meet our fantastic 2019 lineup!


2019 Speakers

Markham Roberts: "The Way I See It"

RED DIAMOND LECTURE SERIES

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Red Diamond, Inc.

@markhamroberts

markhamroberts.com

Called “a master of timeless American style” by Vogue, Markham Roberts has earned a reputation as one of the top decorators of his generation. Born in Indianapolis, Markham graduated from Brown University and moved to New York to work with the late Mark Hampton, before opening his firm in 1997. He and his work have been featured in Architectural Digest, Cabana, Domino, Elle Decor, Galerie Magazine, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country, Veranda, Vogue, and The New York Times. Since 2014, Markham has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100. And he was included in the 2018 book Inspired Design, the 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years. Markham’s Decorating: The Way I See It, published by Vendome, showcases his thoughtful, tailored, and refreshing approach to decorating and is widely praised as an essential design resource. Whether working on commercial projects or for private clients across the country and abroad, Markham infuses interiors with his sophisticated and personal touch, applying his knowledge and experience individually and specifically to each project. Known for his creativity and his ability to work in a wide variety of styles, Markham adeptly interprets his clients’ needs and wants to reflect their style seamlessly and not merely his own imprint. 


Renny Reynolds & Jack Staub: "Chasing Eden"

RED DIAMOND LECTURE SERIES

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Red Diamond, Inc.

hortulusfarm.com/founders

Renny Reynolds

Renny Reynolds, founder of Renny & Reed in New York City, is one of the nation's most renowned entertaining, gardening, and lifestyle experts. His book, The Art of The Party, is known widely as the “party-planners bible.” His event and garden designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, W, House & Garden, House Beautiful, New York Magazine, Manhattan, Inc., Horticulture Magazine, Town & Country, and Garden Design. Renny’s clients have included Presidents Ford, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton, with events in the White House; luminaries of stage and screen, leaders of industry, countless brides. In 2008 he was awarded a prestigious “Great American Gardener” Award by the American Horticultural Society. His gardens at Hortulus Farm, his 100-acre, 18th-century farmstead he owns in Wrightstown, Pa., part of the Greater Philadelphia Garden Cooperative, are regarded as some of the most influential in the Northeast. They are also the second-only Affiliate Garden of The Garden Conservancy. He is the founder of Hortulus Farm Nursery, a specialty greenhouse and perennial plant operation and multiple award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, including the PNC Bank Award for excellence in design. Renny has served on the boards of P.S. 1/ MOMA, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Fisherman’s Mark, and Heritage Conservancy of Bucks County, Pa.

Jack Staub

Jack Staub, garden writer, lecturer, playwright, and avid gardener, is one of the country’s leading experts on edible gardening. He shares Hortulus Farm with his partner garden designer, Renny Reynolds. The farm, which welcomes thousands of visitors every season, has been featured on HGTV, PBS, and The Travel Channel. Jack has written for Garden Design, Fine Gardening, Country Living Gardener, Horticulture, and Food & Wine, and his celebrated vegetable, herb, and fruit gardens at Hortulus Farm have been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, and more. His edible trilogy 75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden, 75 Remarkable Fruits for Your Garden, and 75 Exceptional Herbs for Your Garden were identified as “wittily entertaining" by Horticulture Magazine. His other titles are Private Edens, a lavish peek at 21 superb Mid-Atlantic and Northeast gardens; and Private Gardens of South Florida. His latest book is The Illustrated Book of Edible Plants. Jack has been an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, was the inspiration for the character of “Nick” in the Academy Award-nominated movie Metropolitan, was a Creative Director at a number of Manhattan ad agencies, is the author of five plays, and has appeared on such daytime dramas as The Guiding Light, Search For Tomorrow, and One Life To Live.


Richard Keith Langham

SHOW AMBASSADOR

@richard_keith_langham

richardkeithlangham.com

Brewton, Alabama-born, Manhattan-based Richard Keith Langham has been a force in the decorating world for nearly 30 years. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and learned at the Study Center for the Fine and Decorative Artsin London. After apprenticing under Mark Hampton and 10 years with Irvine & Fleming, Keith founded his own firm in 1990. His keen eye and ebullient talent serve well increating his signature rooms—that speak to the past in a fresh way and are brimming with luscious color, pattern, and couture detailing. He worked with some of the city’s most legendary ladies—Mrs. William F. Buckley, Jr. and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who once proclaimed him to have “a sorcerer’s eye.” Keith has been named to Elle Decor’s A-List and Architectural Digest’s AD100 and is in high demand as a speaker on decorating around the country. His book About Decorating—the Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham was published by Rizzoli in October of 2017 and is in its third printing.


 

David Baker

TASTEBUDS

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Flower magazine

@davidbaker_tsb

TSBarchitecture.com 

A native of Toronto, Ontario, David Baker made his way to the South, where he received his architectural degree from Auburn University. For over two decades David was mentored by Bobby McAlpine, eventually becoming Bobby’s business partner. While learning his craft at McAlpine, David’s projects were published in the pages of Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, Southern Home, Veranda, Houses with Charm, and Southern Living: 50 years, among other periodicals. In April 2018, through friendship and a desire to create beautiful, inhabitable spaces, David and previous McAlpine partners Chris Tippett and John Sease formed a new architecture firm: Tippett Sease Baker Architecture. Since then, David has been featured as a Tastemaker at the Birmingham Antiques at the Gardens show, as well as published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. With invitations from clients all over the country, David continues to share his passion for creating approachable, refined, and timeless architecture using traditional styles and details, all while meeting his clients’ modern needs. 


 

Frances Schultz

TASTEBUDS

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Flower magazine

@francesschultz

francesschultz.com

Journalist, tastemaker, world traveler, hostess, Southerner, Sunday painter, and outdoors lover, Frances Schultz is an enthusiast of decoration and design, cooking and entertaining, travel and style. She is author and co-author of several books, including the best-selling The Bee Cottage Story—How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness, and most recently California Cooking & Southern Style, in the fall of 2019. A long-time contributor to House Beautiful and Veranda, Frances has written also for The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Indagare, and others. She was an on-air host of the award-winning cable television show Southern Living Presents for six years, and has appeared on The Today Show,The Nate Berkus Show, CNN’s Open House, among others. Born and raised in the small town of Tarboro, NC, she graduated from St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, and from the University of Virginia. Frances is the proud aunt of four, a stepmother, and grandmother, and she serves on the boards of the Horticultural Society of New York and the Empowers Africa foundation. With husband Tom Dittmer, dog Stella, and assorted horses and critters, she lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California and in New York City.


 

Ronda Carman

TASTEBUDS

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Flower magazine

@ronda_carman

rondacarman.com

Ronda Carman is the author of Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living and the forthcoming book Entertaining at Home. She is the founder of Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics, a contributing writer for Huffington Post and New York Social Diary, and a reviewer for the prestigious Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections. Ronda spent 10 years living in Scotland and 15 years in the world of marketing and nonprofits. She has been a guest on Martha Stewart Radio and Olivia Wilder Times and has appeared on several regional and national television shows, including Good Morning Arkansas, Good Morning Scotland, and Pittsburgh Today. Ronda has garnered press from around the globe, including Fox News (named one of the top 10 lifestyle blogs in 2010), Traditional Home, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, domino, Australian Vogue Living, Real Simple, and numerous regional, national, and international newspapers.


Gavin Duke

TASTE IN SPADES: "Inside/Out" Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Sponsored by LICOA & ADAC

@pagedukeland

pageduke.com

Award-winning landscape architect Gavin Duke, Principal Landscape Architect at PAGE | DUKE Landscape Architects in Nashville, was raised in the rural Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. At an early age, he began putting ideas on paper—sketches inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding woodlands, the local crafts people, and farmers. Now, he combines landscape architecture with other arts to design gardens and living environments for people, plants, and animals. He acts as a steward of the land, incorporating sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact and enhance natural ecosystems. With over 30 years of professional experience and hundreds of installations, including some of the Southeast’s most recognizable projects, Gavin has a special way of designing creative solutions that evoke timelessness in the landscape. His method is collaborative, because sharing ideas and inspiration is deeply integral to creating living environments that seamlessly unite and enhance the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces. He has traveled to remote corners of the world to gather ideas and experience historic, traditional, and modern spaces. Deep understanding of the historical and contextual elements of landscape architecture allows his designs to preserve and respect each project’s site, purpose and architecture. His philosophy of landscape design is to create a seamless integration of the built environment and its surroundings. This results in spaces that flow into and through their natural environments. His work has been published in national and international publications. Gavin serves on the boards of the ICAA SE Chapter and Friends of Warner Park, as well as the University of Arkansas Professional Advisory Board.


Lee Ledbetter

TASTE IN SPADES: "Inside/Out" Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Sponsored by LICOA & ADAC

@leeledbetter

leeledbetter.com

A northern Louisiana native, architect Lee Ledbetter established his practice, Lee Ledbetter & Associates, in New Orleans in 1996. He has developed a holistic body of work from site to interior—modernism that marries architecture, interiors, fine art, and historic preservation. Lee’s projects have been recognized by AIA design awards and include retail projects and art galleries, site-specific residences and civic projects, and restorations of mid-century modern masterpieces. His firm’s projects have appeared in Architecture, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, British House & Garden, Departures, Elle Decor, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, The New Republic, The New York Times, Southern Accents, and Traditional Home. In spring 2019, Rizzoli released Ledbetter’s first book,The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter Architecture and Interiors. Rooted in service to the arts community, Lee has designed residences to showcase collections, given life to civic and commercial galleries, and worked with institutions promoting the growth of emerging artists. Lee volunteers on numerous boards and committees: New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana Museum Foundation, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and Cooley House Foundation in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Architectural Review Committee of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Lee has a hand in shaping the evolving built environment of New Orleans’ Central Business and Arts Districts.


Ashley Whittaker

TASTE IN SPADES: "Inside/Out" Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Sponsored by LICOA & ADAC

@ashleywhittakerdesign

ashleywhittaker.com

A “neo-traditionalist,” New York City decorator Ashley Whittaker reveals a fresh and modern perspective on traditional design and architecture in all of her work. Characterized by tailored rooms that incorporate charming detail and engaging play on color and pattern, Ashley’s signature style is immediately evident. She has been recognized on Elle Decor’s A-List. Her work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Southern Living, Coastal Living, domino, and, most notably, on the cover of House Beautiful on six separate occasions. A Florida native, Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. She credits her design training to Markham Roberts, for whom she worked before starting out on her own in 2006. Her work includes projects in New York, Florida, Connecticut, California, Rhode Island, and Montana. 


 

Cathy Graham

TASTE IN SPADES: "Entertaining Today"

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 2 p.m.

Sponsored by LICOA & ADAC

@cathybgraham

cathybgraham.com

Cathy Barancik Graham is an award-winning artist, fashion illustrator, author, and product designer. Her editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine, and she has been commissioned by Bergdorf Goodman, Estée Lauder, CBS Records, Harry Winston, and HBO. In addition, she has been a contributing editor for Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, from which she holds a BFA in Painting, and she studied Fashion Illustration at Parsons School of Design. For more than a decade, Cathy worked with the late floral designer and event planner Robert Isabell, noted for his unique, lavish, and innovative parties. She has channeled this wealth of knowledge into her floral inspiration and product designs. Her first book, Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table, was published in 2017 by Vendome Press. Cathy is the designer of a line of paper products comprising fashion note cards, gift and holiday cards, notebooks, wrapping paper, and bespoke projects. She recently launched several collaborations that include a line of signature Second Bloom candle with NEST Fragrances, and a line of decoupage home accents with Scott Potter. Her first collection for One Kings Lane came out in May 2019. Cathy resides in New York City, where she works to support cultural life by serving on the boards of the Lincoln Center Theater, New York Restoration Project, and House of SpeakEasy.


  

Alex Hitz

TASTE IN SPADES: "Entertaining Today"

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 2 p.m.

Sponsored by LICOA & ADAC

@alexhitz

alexhitz.com

Award-winning chef, author, TV personality, and event designer Alex Hitz is renowned for his sensitivity and refinement in the art of preparing and serving food. An Atlanta native with a family home in France, Alex’s signature style combines the relaxed elegance of the South with a continental élan that captures the essence of gracious living. Alex’s first book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist, garnered editorial raves from The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, among others. His second book, The Art of the Host, is newly published by Rizzoli. Christened “the very best host in the world” by The Wall Street Journal, Alex’s reputation as “The Ralph Lauren of food and wine” is backed by a lifetime of entertaining and cooking. He draws on an encyclopedic knowledge of the world’s upscale culinary classics as well as Southern tradition and hospitality, as inspiration. In Atlanta, he co-owned The Patio by the River with his one of his mentors, Mary Boyle Hataway. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Parisand Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School; and apprenticed in the kitchens of André Soltner at Lutèce in New York, and Michel Guerard at Eugenie-Les-Bains in France. Alex is a contributing editor at House Beautiful and Town & Country and writes for Departures, C, Southern Living, and Quest. He was Exclusive Food Columnist for three years at House Beautiful with a monthly column, Alex’s Kitchen. He has been a frequent guest on TODAY, CBS This Morning, and other national shows. 


Lisa Fine

BRUNCH WITH LISA FINE & RICHARD KEITH LANGHAM

Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Sponsored by ADAC & UNIVERSAL

@lisafinetextiles

lisafinetextiles.com

Mississippi-born textile guru Lisa Fine is the founder of Lisa Fine Textiles, which specializes in hand-printed linens that are sold in 16 showrooms worldwide. With a Southern drawl and a truly adventurous spirit, Lisa splits her time between New York and Dallas with frequent trips to Paris and India. Over 20 years ago at a camel festival in Jaisalmer, Lisa fell in love with India. The colors, the patterns, the Mughal palaces, and gardens were her original inspirations for Lisa Fine Textiles. Since then Lisa's far-reaching travels have continued to influence her collection, where exotic and traditional prints in vibrant and romantic colors feel both worldly and timeless. Lisa’s work has appeared in Departures, Elle Decor, House & Garden UK, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, The World of Interiors, and Vogue. Prior to designing textiles, Lisa worked as a contributing editor for Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She is currently a contributing editor for Town & Country. Her book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love, will be published this October by Vendome. In Near & Far, Lisa invites readers into her homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris and then visits the places and people who have been her greatest sources of inspiration. From India to Sweden, and on to London and beyond, she not only provides a trove of design ideas but also offers advice for anyone interested in giving full expression to their personal style.