About Dianne Dianne B.

Spring 2013


Dianne B thinks of everything in terms of style, including this website despite its useful nature. From all the gardening accoutrements that she has ever used (and there have been plenty) she has whittled them down to these — her tried and true favorites – some found globally and many made in the fine U.S.A. More of a non-profit than a commercial enterprise, unless Dianne finds an improvement, these twelve items are reliable and do not change with the fad of the season. Just like her book, her intention is to make gardening better.


Dianne's passion for gardening began more than twenty years ago when she acquired her first house in East Hampton. What started as a weedy, woody tangle was turned into a garden-tour-worthy shady exotic acre in her own inimitable way. The day-by-day details peppered with her many opinions were documented in DIRT: The Lowdown on Growing a Garden with Style, a book that has become a gardening cult classic. Dianne writes about gardening and lifestyle in a highly irreverent, though immensely helpful manner. Her unique artistic gardening vision, as well as her dramatic decorating style, has been editorialized countless times. When the situation is just right, (Hamptons, temperament, etc.) Dianne shares her taste and garden design style. Please visit her other website: diannebgardens.com.


Her cultural and community pursuits are many. Dianne is President of LongHouse Reserve, an internationally-renowned 16-acre sculpture garden and learning center in East Hampton, NY, as well as a Founding Member of the Board and Garden Committee Chair of Robert Wilson’s arts foundation, The Watermill Center. She invests her enthusiasm in several other local and church organizations and her love of plants, the arts and learning are epitomized by these connections.


Style has infused her entire career. As owner of the avant-garde Dianne B. stores and the first Comme des Garcons USA (four in all), she was a pioneer of those now-ubiquitous architectural spaces on Madison Avenue and in SoHo and was first to import such important designers as Issey Miyake and Jean Paul Gaultier, while simultaneously designing her own collection. A Sunday spread in the New York Times Magazine with photographs by Duane Michaels was the first of her high-profile collaborations with artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, David Wojnarowicz and Peter Hujar.


Dianne's many personal interests include travel (she tries to add at least two new countries each year) and indulging her beautiful Cavalier spaniels, Flora Pandora, the black one and Magnolia, the ruby. Dianne has a pied-a-terre on Beekman Place in Manhattan, but lives primarily in East Hampton on a new and verdant acre that she shares with her partner, a teenage daughter and an ever-evolving garden.


Below see a few photographs of Dianne's garden and her dogs…