I’M TAKEN by the provocative work of landscape architect Thomas Rainer, which is why he’s the guest speaker August 20, at my next Garden Conservancy Open Day. Even if you can’t visit then, two conversations I’ve had with Thomas warrant a read or listen. He asks—and tries to answer—the questions I’m pondering in my own garden environment, especially at midseason when it can all seem overwhelming. He daringly tackles questions like these:
- How can our gardens be sustainable, and beautiful, requiring management but not heroic, unrealistic maintenance?
- How can we put plants together in a way that actually is a little more resilient in ecological terms?
- And will the palette of plants we choose from necessarily then be natives-only, or something wider?
LINKS TO reserve a ticket for the Thomas Rainer events I’m hosting next month are also in both of the following stories, should you be nearby for his morning lecture or afternoon workshop—or again, just enjoy:
- Taking inspiration from nature’s layers, and Thomas’s home garden, a section of which is seen above
- Planting strategies for resilient gardens, and Thomas’s recent book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World”