landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. For the next 5 years, he designed Manhattan penthouse, terrace, and backyard gardens, most notably for fashion designer Bill Blass in 1975.
His career then took an unexpected turn when he was tapped by Yves St. Laurent to design the launch of his Opium fragrance on a ship in New York Harbor, then by Diana Vreeland to design the first of many of her famous Costume Exhibition openings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon afterwards, he has hired by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, owners of the legendary discotheque Studio 54, to design all of their highly visible nightly events. Thus, the RENNY: Design For Entertaining business, which carried him to the White House and to celebrated events around the world, was born.
In 2002, he handed the reins of the RENNY Design business into the capable hands of his nephew and partner Reed McIlvaine, and returned to his first love, garden design. Since then, he has been responsible for the design of some of the most spectacular private gardens in America.
Respect for architectural and horticultural vernacular, a love of native and naturalizing plants, a vast knowledge of gardening history and style, and a keen interest in unusual foliage and plant combination, are just some of the hallmarks of his work.
Renny is available for garden consultation and design at a flat fee of $225 an hour plus travel and expenses.
For more information, please call, write, or email:
c/o Hortulus Farm Nursery
60 Thompson Mill Road
Wrightstown, PA 18940