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Hyde Park, NY: Thomas Rainer

  • Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield 4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY, 12538 United States (map)

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 2:00 pm

The Beauty of Biodiversity: Practical Strategies for More Lush, Abundant and Resilient Plantings


THOMAS RAINER is a registered landscape architect, teacher and author. A leading voice in ecological landscape design, he has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio in Washington D.C. with Claudia West and Melissa Rainer.

While passionate about design and focusing on details, Thomas is a specialist in applying innovative planting concepts to create ecologically-functional designed landscapes. His recent work focuses on the artful interpretation of wild plant communities into designed plantings that thrive in the context of towns and cities.  


Thomas teaches planting design for the George Washington University Landscape Design program. His recently published book co-authored with Claudia West, Planting in a Post-Wild World, was released in 2015 from Timber Press and was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 2016 books of the year. This book will be available for sale after the lecture. 


Designing plant communities for resilient landscapes in a post-wild world follows an historical continuum reaching back to William Robinson's "Wild Garden" and his influence on Beatrix Farrand's early use of hearty native plants in her designs and her scientific approach understanding plant communities.   


Thomas has been featured in numerous publications including Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Architectural Digest. Just this past April, he was interviewed by Margaret Roach of The New York Times in an article entitled Understanding What Makes Plants Happy. Thomas also writes a blog that you can find here.  

There will be a Reception, Heirloom Plant Sale & Garden Boutique in the Beatrix Farrand Garden at the Bellefield Estate following the lecture.

We hope you will join us for this exciting lecture

Earlier Event: May 3
Rye, New York: Thomas Rainer