Virtual Talk 2-23-23: Beauty of the Wild

Virtual Talk 2-23-23: Beauty of the Wild

credit Bob Jaeger

Thu, Feb 23, 2023
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

For more than six decades, Darrel Morrison has drawn inspiration from the varied landscapes of his life—from the Iowa prairie, to Texas prickly pear scrub, to the maple-beech-hemlock forests of Door County, Wisconsin, to the banks of the Oconee River in Piedmont, Georgia. He has been guided as well by the teachings of Jens Jensen, who believed that we can not successfully copy nature but can get a theme from it and use key species to evoke that essential feeling. In native plant gardens at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, New York Botanical Garden, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Morrison has blended communities of native plants in distillations of prairie, woodland, and coastal meadow. At Storm King Art Center, his landscapes capture the essence of prairie grasslands and native meadows. These ever-evolving compositions were designed to reintroduce diversity, natural processes, and naturally occurring patterns—the “beauty of the wild”—into the landscape.

Thursday, February 23, 2023
2:00 p.m. Eastern

Live on Zoom

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About the Speakers

Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a renowned landscape designer and educator whose ecology-based approach has influenced generations of practitioners. He has taught landscape design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1969-1983) and University of Georgia (1983-2005). Morrison lived and worked in New York City from 2005 until 2015 and now lives in Madison, WI where he is an honorary Faculty Associate in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin.