Roxine Brown: Inspiring Landscape Designer
by jill sieracki
Whether it’s a stonework garden path lined with lilies, black-eyed Susans and tall indigenous grasses or a poolside landscape of blossoming rhododendron, hydrangeas and lush greenery, Roxine Brown’s Bridgehampton-based Harmonia has been inspiring Hamptonites with creative landscapes for nearly a decade. Her secret? “Interesting textural combinations, beautiful color and complementing properties are key,” she says, “but the real secret is for a landscape to always look and be natural.” During the week, Brown and her team at Harmonia provide everything from concept design to landscape lighting and utilize organic materials in specimen trees, planters, garden structures and more. But when it’s time to get away, Brown’s ideal is “a good cause benefit, Sunday afternoon in Montauk and Monday night drumming at Sagg Main.” Bridgehampton, 537-9672
What does no one know about you?
I love country music.
What's one career moment that you're most proud of?
Launching and developing Harmonia Inc. for the past 8 years has been the most special and rewarding time in my career.
If you could have dinner with any famous person (living or dead), whom would it be?
Jacqueline Onassis, an amazing life and such an elegant woman.
If you could build your dream house in the Hamptons, where would it be and what would it look like?
I may have the perfect house for me but if I were to choose something different it would be a modern farmhouse in Sagaponack with lots of beautiful sunlight for gardens.
What are three elements of your idea of a perfect day?
Being outdoors on a sunny day surrounded by my favorite people and having a great meal.
If someone wanted to wow you with a bouquet, what blooms would it include?
Baby Roses, Freesia and Peonies.
What book is on your bedside table right now?
Behaving as if the God in All Life Mattered, so inspirational for someone that is hands on with nature.
What is your greatest indulgence?
Spending a month in South America.
What three things must you always travel with?
My camera, yoga mat and a bikini.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC STRIFFLESH