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Garden Design with Ben O’Brien from Wild by Design
March 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wild by Design Lecture: Naturalistic Planting in the Public Realm
With the success of high-profile public projects like New York’s High Line Park, and increasing environmental concerns surrounding climate change, habitat loss, and the decline of biodiversity, naturalistic planting design is gaining popularity in the horticultural world. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this movement, led by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, is a focus on creating naturalistic gardens in public spaces, especially in cities.
This inspiring and informative lecture will explore a range of Piet Oudolf’s public projects, as well as the work of other designers and researchers in the UK, US and Europe who are creating beautiful naturalistic plantings in public spaces. Ben will discuss his work in the County’s public spaces, as well as his recent research on creating low maintenance, drought tolerant plantings using gravel-based growing media.
Cost: Baxter Members $20; Non-members $25.
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About Ben O’Brien
Ben O’Brien is a landscape designer, and the owner of Wild by Design. Born and raised in Prince Edward County, Ben studied landscape architecture at the University of Guelph before returning home to start a design business, founded on his passion for plants. Wild by Design specializes in making artfully crafted, richly planted, lovingly tended gardens uniquely suited to Prince Edward County.