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River Grove, IL: Claudia West

  • Triton College, Robert M Collins Performing Arts Center R Building, 2000 5th Ave River Grove, IL 60171 USA (map)

The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference presented by West Cook Wild Ones

First, Claudia West, a leading voice in the field of ecological design, will show you how to transform a smaller garden space into the native plant oasis of your dreams. She’ll explain, step by step, the art of arranging native plants – which are aesthetically and functionally very different from typical garden plants -- using design principles learned from wild plant communities and archetypal landscapes.

Next, Benjamin Vogt, an award-winning garden columnist for Houzz, will delve into philosophy, science, and psychology to make a case for re-imagining urban landscapes into a network of wildlife refuges. These wild-inspired spaces then become democratic spaces, in the tradition of Olmsted, where all species intermingle while creating awareness and activism for ecological health and social justice. 

West and Vogt will have a selection of their books for sale, and will be available to sign them. 

Funding is partially provided by PlanItGreen, Oak Park and River Forest’s Sustainability Plan, which is supported by CommunityWorks and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

Earlier Event: February 9
Greenville, SC: Claudia West
Later Event: February 23
Middleburg, VA: Thomas Rainer