August 12, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
Rick Darke 2
Living Landscape

On Tuesday, August 12, Rick Darke will present the fourth annual Ina and Lewis Heafitz Endowed Lecture, His illustrated talk, ”The Living Landscape and the Richness of Layers,” will be followed by an iced tea reception and book sale and signing  for the timely new book he co-authored with Doug Tallamy,  The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.  

The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Landscape designer, photographer, and author Rick Darke will look at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and will describe how to create and manage them in home gardens that are beautiful, biologically diverse, and joyfully livable. Darke’s presentation will illustrate and describe a practical, ecologically sound approach to layering that he calls “spacemaking with organic architecture.” 

Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His projects include parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments and botanic gardens. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Gardens Illustrated, RHS The Garden, and elsewhere.  Rick’s Pennsylvania home garden, which he and his wife Melinda Zoehrer  have made and maintain together, has served as their living laboratory for a quarter century and has been published in multiple books and magazines. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. This latest book, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with friend and colleague Doug Tallamy, will be published in June this year.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Prices:      Free for Gardens members; $25 for nonmembers
Reserve below, or call 207-633-4333, ext. 101, for reservations and more information.