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Stephen Ives, director

Over the last thirty years of work in public television, Emmy-Award winning director Stephen Ives has established himself as one of the nation’s leading independent filmmakers. His landmark series The West was one of the most watched series in PBS history and he has directed a dozen acclaimed films for the American Experience series. His writing for the six-hour series The Great War earned him an award from the Writers Guild of America and his portrait of the world’s smallest opera company, Amato: A Love Affair with Opera, earned him a nomination from The Director’s Guild of America.


Lynden B. Miller, narrator

Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City. Her career beagn in 1982, she rescued and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Her work in New York City includes designs for over 45 different public projects in gardens and parks in all 5 boroughs, for example: Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City and Madison Square Park. Her book Parks, Plants and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, was the winner of American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award. In 2018, she was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Lauren DeFilippo Karen Smythe Anne Cleves Symmes

Karen Waltuch

A full list of credits can be viewed here.


 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley in memory of Allelu Kurten

The Overbrook Foundation Family Advised Fund of Carolyn J. Cole

 The Gerrish H. Milliken Foundation

 Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Nolen

 Joan S. Blaine

Jerome Levy Foundation

 Jenny Lawrence 

The Garden Club of Orange & Dutchess Counties

 Frederic C. Rich

 Phoebe Cutler