Found an old Bulletin. Stonecrop Nursery was advertising, and Linc Foster was discussing Rupert Barneby.
Ripley and Barneby were partners, life-long rock gardeners(!), eccentric, brilliant, out of the box thinkers, and major forces in rock gardening, botany, and modern art. There is a sketch of their lives in a book titled "Both". Their last (of many) great rockgardens, in Long Island, was a 3 dimensional work of modern art forming a collection of microclimates for the most challenging western xerophytes. This was in the 60s and may have been advanced (in it's own unique way), beyond anything that will ever happen again. I picked up the book on line for a few bucks. For someone who ponders the human condition, it a fascinating and often gut-wrenching story of two great rockgardners who lived in other dimensions from the herd of common men.
I wonder if anyone remembers the gardens or the partners: Ripley and Barneby? Are there more pictures?
--Charles Swanson - Massachusetts USA