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Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology

A lecture by Claudia West

Principal, Phyto Studios

Thursday, July 11 at 10 AM

Cosponsored by East Hampton Library

Baldwin Family Lecture Room

We know planting more native plants in our gardens is an important way to rebuild and sustain the web of life that surrounds us. Yet, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits simply aren’t beautiful or fail to inspire. Great planting design, based on understanding how plants interact with each other throughout the seasons and over time, is an essential part of the solution.

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought-after speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry – as a designer, a grower, installer and land manager – grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.

Having grown up in a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the US where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland and immersed herself in the study of the American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. Claudia holds a master’s degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. Before founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade.

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