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The Art Of The Landscape

by Leslie Sinclair|Jun 23, 2022

With green everywhere and the flowers in full bloom, it makes me pause to appreciate nature and the beauty of what a landscape artist brings! It brought to mind some incredible pictures my talented client from Kansas shared with me when discussing his interior finishes.

Pink flower garden

📸: @Reed Dillon & Associates

Coming in with their talented designer, John Kidd, Reed and Stacy Dillon gathered around the conference table at Segreto many times before I asked what Reed did for a living. I think what prompted me to ask was Reed showing me the beautiful architectural elements he wanted to place in his gardens and his focused based discussions on how Segreto’s interior finishes would reflect the outside. He felt strongly they should be as one. When I learned he was a prominent Landscape Architect, I asked to see some of his work!!

Garden, blue and purple flowers

📸: @Reed Dillon & Associates

Reed and Stacey are both so nice which makes you appreciate his work even more. Reed grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas where his grandfather was a serious gardener. Reed recalls: “Growing up, my grandfather owned an orchard and we’d go pick peaches and apples. One day, I was around ten years old, I remember picking onions all day. Ugh, that was some hard work. But, he was my first inspiration and role model for understanding the appreciating plants.”

White flower, river 

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

“The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it…”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Pink, white, purple flowers in a garden

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

Reed’s grandfather gave Reed a landscape architecture magazine while he was attending the University of Kansas. Farming and gardening was a well know concept, but the idea of landscape architecture???- a light bulb went off for him and he decided he could turn his passion into a career. Reed met his forever sweetheart Stacey while working towards his liberal arts degree, and together they moved to Philadelphia where he he received a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Landscape Statue

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

“The landscape of any farm is the owner’s portrait of himself.” – Aldo Leopold.

Green Garden

Reed and Stacey lived in Houston for many years and he was a partner at Ruckel-Dillon, a prestigious landscape firm who designed Houston darling, Joni Webb’s of Code de Texas gardens!!

Brick House, Garden

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

After 15 years the couple decided to move back to Lawrence, Kansas with their two children to be closer to family. Wanting to depart from their more contemporary home in Houston, Reed and Stacey felt a French farmhouse would marry well with the soft rolling hills and mature trees of the property they purchased.

Green garden

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” – Luis Barragan.

Garden Dining

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

I love all the unique and beautiful elements Reed builds into his designs! If you are shopping at salvage yards and antique shops and you see something that is interesting, you have to be spontaneous and buy it. Even if you don’t know where to place it now, store it away and you’ll find a perfect place one day,” –Reed Dillon

Garden, Flowers, Grass

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet. Viewing Reed’s own gardens he must also feel the same way!

Garden, Branch Arch, Pink Flowers, Stone Path

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

The use of natural trees to build arbors which feel as if they are organically growing from the earth, create a secret garden feel to his landscapes. An element I adore.

Garden, Branch Arch

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

If you look past, you can see a glimpse of a man made- or should I say Reed-made stream which meanders though this property for…………

River Path in garden

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

………..over 200 yards!

Yellow Flowers in garden

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. –Audrey Hepburn

When I lived in Georgia we had daffodils filling the greenspaces surrounding our home. It brought back so many fond memories of my childhood when I saw Reed’s picture of the gentle hills beyond his back terrace! He planted loads of daffodil bulbs!

Wooden Garden Bridge

📸: Reed Dillon & Associates

Landscaping is a visceral experience. It should feel good be energizing and calming all at the same time!- Reed Dillon

Couple in a garden

📸: Stacey and Reed Dillon

I love meeting nice people, great families, talented businesspeople and incredible artists!! Reed you definitely encompass all of the above and I so appreciate you and Stacey both sharing a bit of yourselves with us! I am looking so forward to going to Kansas and helping John Kidd, you and Stacey in creating an interior which is as lovely as your gardens! Reed is Kansas based; however, his artistry can be seen across the country! Until next time!

This article was written by Leslie Sinclair from Segreto Finishes.

Meet The Author

Leslie left her corporate job in 1995 to start Segreto Finishes, naming the company after her husband’s family. Segreto, which means secret in Italian, rolls up all of Leslie’s passions — architecture, interior design, art, people, and business– into her idea of the perfect job.

Leslie’s talent for color, bringing innovative products to the marketplace, hiring and training quality staff, and working with people on their individual needs, built Segreto’s reputation.

Check out her Blog, Instagram & Pinterest!

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