Back to All Events

Margaret Roach's Garden Conservancy Open Days: Claudia West

  • Church of St. John in the Wilderness 261 Route 344 Copake Falls, NY USA (map)

Aug. 22 Open Day, Claudia West native plant events, plant sale

AS PART OF the Saturday, Aug. 19, Garden Conservancy Open Day and plant sale at Margaret Roach’s Copake Falls NY garden, we’re pleased to have sought-after native design expert Claudia West for two events. Come for both and visit the garden before or in between!

10-4 garden open at Margaret Roach’s (no reservation needed)
10-4 plant sale by Broken Arrow at Margaret’s
11 AM Claudia West talk at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls
1:30 PM native plant design workshop with Claudia West (registrants will be sent instructions on where to meet in Copake Falls)
11 am lecture

Claudia West on ‘Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap’

So you think Natives are weedy and messy? Claudia West, co-author with Thomas Rainer of the groundbreaking book “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” debunks this myth and explores the aesthetic value of native plants and their highly attractive cultivars.

Like the book, Claudia’s talk will present a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities.

You’ll be fascinated by the range of colors and textures found in our native Northeast flora. Numerous design examples and plant combinations demonstrate the beauty, elegance and diversity created through a sense of place, using regionally appropriate native plants in the landscape. We will explore how native species grow in the wild and translate this knowledge into powerful design principles for your landscape. Enjoy and be inspired! (Note: Talk is at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls.)

Understand the reasons for aesthetic and functional challenges surrounding native planting.
Learn design strategies that create more beautiful, lasting plant compositions.
Explore numerous wild plants with neat appearance for stunningly beautiful native planting.
1:30-4:30 pmworkshop

‘Designing Ecological Plant Communities’

Functional and ecological plantings, such as rain gardens and meadows, are gaining on popularity but also face severe challenges. They often fail to wow the public, offer a low level of ecological functions, and simply don’t survive in low-budget maintenance environments.

Examples of failed projects are plentiful and hurt the image of the native-plant movement. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach—a plant community-based method that has evolved in the world of ecological science.

Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better planting. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in hands-on design exercises and practice new techniques in a hypothetical planting project at the end of the workshop. (Note: Registrants will be sent directions where to meet.)

Earlier Event: August 10
Asheville, North Carolina: Thomas Rainer
Later Event: September 1
Columbia, Maryland: Claudia West