Owner of Greenwich’s Sleepy Cat Farm showcases estate’s garden in talk at Perrot Memorial Library

GREENWICH — Fred Landman, the owner and expert green thumb behind Sleepy Cat Farm in backcountry Greenwich, and Curtice Taylor, a local photographer, will take part in a discussion at the Perrot Memorial Library about the new book “Sleepy Cat Farm: A Gardener’s Journey.”

The book discussion will be held in-person and virtually at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. It is the first in-person adult program in nearly two years at the Perrot Library after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many in-person events.

To register for the Livestream, visit perrotlibrary.org/events.html.

Located on 13 acres in the backcountry, Sleepy Cat Farm represents the creative vision of Landman, who acquired the Georgian revival Home in 1994 and set to work with architect Charles Hilton and landscape architect Charles J. Stick to create “a garden of which the house could be proud.”

After a 25-year collaboration, Sleepy Cat Farm features an abundance of garden experiences: formal boxwood and undulating hornbeam hedges, dense woodland, reflecting pools, arbors and follies — and a ferme ornée, or ornamental farm, that offers organic produce.

A self-taught gardener, Landman serves on The Garden Conservancy’s board of directors. He resides at Sleepy Cat Farm with his wife, Seen Lippert, a professional chef who spent more than a decade at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.

Taylor has been photographing landscapes and gardens for more than 40 years and has been published in House & Garden, Architectural Digest, and Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. A childhood friend of Landman, Taylor has been documenting the gardens at Sleepy Cat Farm for more than a decade.

In an interview and tour of the property with Greenwich Time in September, Landman described how he spent more than a quarter of a century creating the garden oasis with lush meadows and groves, pavilions and pools.