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Amherst, Massachusetts: Claudia West

  • 170 Design Building, University of Massachusetts 551 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA, 01002 United States (map)

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

Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of lifeā€”the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know that planting more native plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire the public. Great planting design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional responses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller garden spaces to help you create the native plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beauty!

Learning objective:

  • Understand the reasons for aesthetic and functional challenges surrounding ecological planting.
  • Discover the principles behind inherently beautiful archetypal landscapes.
  • Apply principles of stunning wild landscapes to smaller garden spaces and learn how to spark strong emotional responses.
  • Explore countless inspiring design solutions that bring nature back into our gardens.  
Earlier Event: January 18
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Claudia West
Later Event: January 27
Atlanta, Georgia: Thomas Rainer