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Timeless Design   |   November 5, 2012

Timeless Design Gala 2012 Honors Julian Fellowes and the Garden Conservancy in Honor of Frank Cabot

The Timeless Design and Heritage awards will be presented at the Timeless Design Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Club on November 5. Proceeds from the event will support Royal Oak’s work with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Timeless Design Award Honoree

The Royal Oak Foundation’s Board of Directors has selected Julian Fellowes, Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of “Downton Abbey,” to receive the 2012 Timeless Design Award.

Lord Fellows
Julian Fellowes. Courtesy of Giles Keyte.

Royal Oak will honor Julian Fellowes for his brilliant work as a writer, actor, director, and producer that has contributed significantly to the understanding and awareness of the important role that the British country house plays in our global cultural heritage. In "Gosford Park," "Vanity Fair," "The Young Victoria," and now "Downton Abbey," he has breathed exhilarating new life into central themes in British social, political, and cultural history and in the process exemplified the National Trust’s "Bringing Places to Life" initiative. Previous recipients have included David Hicks, Charlotte Moss, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Lord Rothschild, Bunny Williams, and Mary Fox Linton. This marks the 15th anniversary of the Timeless Design Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in British and American design and the stewardship of historic properties.

Heritage Award Honoree

Frank Cabot
Frank Cabot. Courtesy of Marina Schinz.

Royal Oak’s Board of Directors has selected the Garden Conservancy to receive the 2012 Heritage Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage.

The Garden Conservancy’s mission to preserve exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public aligns strongly with the goals of the National Trust, especially in the Conservancy’s dual commitment to preservation and public access. The timing of this award also expresses Royal Oak’s desire to honor the enduring legacy of the Conservancy’s founder, Frank Cabot, as a visionary in the fields of horticulture, garden design, and conservation in the centennial year of the death of the National Trust’s visionary founder, Octavia Hill.

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Dame Fiona Reynolds with her daughters Rose and Olivia Merrill

Photos by Steven Tucker