In a morning lecture and/or afternoon workshop with revolutionary-thinking landscape architect Thomas Rainer, learn how to marry ecology with horticulture and create smarter gardens. We'll explore strategies inspired by wild plant communities that result in more robust, diverse, and resilient plantings for our own yards.
The American yard has been dominated by clipped foundation shrubs, groomed lawns, and trees with mulch circles. But a new aesthetic is emerging, inspired by the way plants grow in nature—a softer, more lush vision of niche plants filling every layer and covering the ground. Join Thomas Rainer, coauthor of the recent hit book "Planting in a Post-Wild World," to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create gardens that are more satisfying, more resilient, and less work.
Thomas's book, so-authored with Claudia West, has been called "a beautiful revolution" and "an optimistic call to action." We think you'll agree after you meet him...signed copies will be for sale.
Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author. He is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. He has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden. He works in Washington, D.C., as a principal for the landscape architectural firm Rhodeside & Harwell, and blogs at the award-winning site Grounded Design.
THE DAY'S EVENTS:
There are two Thomas Rainer event offerings (choose one or both ticket types at checkout). Thomas's lecture and wrokshop coincide with Copake Falls Day, a townwide celebration, and with 10 AM - 4 PM Garden Conservancy Open Day at the garden of Margaret Roach (including Broken Arrow Nursery plant sale all day):
The 11 AM lecture at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls, will introduce us to the provocative, empowering ideas above, accompanied by slides.
The 1:30-4:00 PM design workshop will dig deeper, including classroom time and outdoor time seeking inspiration from natural plant communities, to puzzle out how things go together. Classroom time will include some slides, plus hands-on exercises on tracing paper to begin to gain confidence in combioing plants successfully. Home gardeners or experienced designers alike are encouraged to attend. (The workshop takes place adjacent to Margaret Roach's garden in Copake Falls, NY; registrants will be emailed directions. Refreshments will be served.)
Cancellation policy: Afternoon workshop cancellations by August 6 receive full refund; after August 6 we will attempt to fill your space from the waitlist if applicable, or offer credit for another event. 11 AM lecture cancellations by August 13 receive full refund; after August 13 we will attempt to fill your space from the waitlist if applicable.