Planting in a Post-Wild World: Taimi Anderson lecture

Thu, March 30, 2017, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our good health is only possible with a healthy earth, and a healthy earth begins with plants. Author and landscape architect Claudia West joins us to propose that the great landscapes of the future will require a new form of planting, one that marries horticulture with ecology.

Building from her book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” written with Thomas Rainer, Claudia outlines a new approach that uses design strategies based upon plant communities. She recommends a balanced approach to include ornamental, functional and ecological values in an increasingly urban world. Along the way, Claudia does not overlook the simple joy and beauty that plants bring into our lives, or the pragmatism of a gardener.

“Planting in a Post-Wild World” has created quite a splash. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a groundbreaking guide that lays out an alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. As practical as it is poetic, theirs is an optimistic call to action."

“Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design." —from Architectural Digest Online

Join us for this lecture and book signing reception.

Location: Doris Duke Center.

Fee: free to Gardens members and Duke University students; general public $10. Book available for purchase that evening, and Claudia will sign books after the lecture.

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