New York Botanical Garden 14th Annual Winter Lecture Series:
Designing with Native Plants
This thought–provoking critique of the current approach to designing with natives will suggest an alternative: bold, modern composition based on artful interpretations of native plant communities. Even a limited palette can have the emotional power of a large landscape when it evokes our deeper associations with plants. This process of distilling native communities into striking, adaptable patterns—particularly in urban and suburban sites that have little in common with the native plants that once flourished there—provides an inclusive road map for creating lush, dynamic plantings that can be replicated in any setting. Thomas Rainer is an accomplished landscape architect, teaches planting design for the George Washington University Landscape Design program, and writes on gardens and landscaping at Grounded Design, his award–winning blog. A passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that interprets rather than imitates nature, Rainer has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as more than 100 gardens from Maine to Florida.
CEUs: This lecture has been approved for two credit hours by the: AIA, APLD, and LA CES.