Hollister House Garden Study Weekend V

The Living Garden: Nature and Design

Saturday Symposium, September 12, 2015
The Heritage Hotel, Southbury, CT
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Presented by Hollister House Garden and the Garden Conservancy


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Rick Darke
"The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty, Biodiversity and Function"

Rick Darke, President of Rick Darke LLC, is a widely published author, photographer, lecturer and consultant focused on regional landscape design, planning, conservation, and enhancement. Blending art, ecology, and cultural geography, Darke is dedicated to the design and stewardship of living landscapes. He has studied and photographed North American plants in their habitats for over 40 years, and this work is reflected in his articles and books including The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, which received the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award, the Garden Writers Association Golden Globe Award for book photography, and the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Certificate of Merit.

A broadly knowledgeable horticulturist, Darke has traveled extensively in both hemispheres exploring diverse ecologies and cultural landscapes in search of ideas to enrich the global garden. He is an internationally recognized authority on the use of grasses in designed and managed landscapes. His book The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes is the world’s most complete individual reference on this topic.Timber Press published Darke’s newest book, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy, in June 2014.

Sheila Brady
“Garden Design: Grounded in Ecological Principles and Artistic Influences"

Sheila Brady, a practicing landscape architect with the firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, will talk about the ecological principles that ground designs in their local and regional context. She will also illustrate how the visual arts can inspire the way we see, integrate form, space, and the experience of the garden.

Sheila Brady’s design achievements include many of the firm’s distinguished projects. Recent work includes the Native Plant Garden and Azalea Garden at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY; Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts in Katonah, NY; roof gardens for United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company and laboratory in Silvers Spring, MD; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC. Her award-winning private gardens are where attention to detail and focus on ecologically responsible design is evident. Her extensive work in sensitive coastal environments in New England has been widely publicized.

Ms. Brady is a registered landscape architect and has been elected to the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art.

Bill Noble
"Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads in Them"

The gardens that speak to me most are those of extraordinary plantsmen and women who have grasped the raw material of a site and through their engagement with place have created gardens both eloquent and useful. My own garden has been informed by these diverse gardens, some of them conceived in traditional styles and others that have blazed new trails in horticulture. What they have in common, as Marianne Moore puts it, is “a place for the genuine."

Photo by Roger Foley

For twenty-five years Bill Noble has worked as a garden designer and professional in garden preservation. As Director of Preservation for the Garden Conservancy, he was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of dozens of gardens throughout the United States. Working with individual garden owners as well as public and private organizations, he provides the expertise and direction needed to preserve and restore gardens and to promote best practices in successful garden management.

As a garden designer, he work with clients to create new gardens or to restore and rehabilitate existing ones. He has overseen the restoration of many significant American gardens, and his hands-on style and knowledge of plants, design, and maintenance contributes to the creation of gardens of lasting quality.

The insights gained from the gardens and gardeners Bill has worked with are reflected in his own garden in Norwich, VT, which is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, House & Garden, and the New York Times and Country Gardens. He lectures widely on topics relating to garden history and design and preservation.


A book talk by Page Dickey, editor, announcing the upcoming publication of Outstanding Gardens: A Celebration - 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

Workshop with Andy Brand and Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery
"Shrubs and Perennials for the Fall Garden"

Speaker Roundtable moderated by the New York Botanical Garden's Todd Forrest

A midday break will give garden professionals and enthusiasts an opportunity to meet and share ideas over lunch and to shop. Hickory Stick Bookshop will be at the Saturday symposium selling garden-related gifts and books and noted botanical illustrator Bobbi Angell will be selling her drawings.

After the symposium, participants are invited to a cocktail reception at Hollister House Garden in the nearby town of Washington, with early access to the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale that will be open to the public the following morning. Admission to the reception is included in admission to the symposium, but admission to the cocktail party and plant sale preview is also available separately.

Registrations for Saturday
Registration for the symposium and cocktail party, including early buying at the sale of Rare and Unusual Plants, is $180 per person for registrations for members of Hollister House Garden and the Garden Conservancy. Please contact Hollister House at 860.868.2200 or office@hollisterhousegarden.org with any questions.


Tickets for Cocktails and Early Buying at the sale of Rare and Unusual Plants (held at Hollister House Garden, Washington, CT) are $40 for Hollister House Garden and Garden Conservancy members, $45 for all others.

The horticultural weekend continues on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
* Litchfield County Open Day
* Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants

Sunday brings on the public portion of the plant sale at Hollister House Garden and the opening of exceptional Litchfield County gardens as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Specialty vendors for the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants will include:

      Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden, CT

      Cricket Hill Gardens, Thomaston, CT

      Falls Village Flower Farm, Falls Village, CT

      Garden Vision Epimediums, Phillipston, MA

      Green Spot, New Milford, CT

      Meadowbrook Gardens, New Milford, CT

      Opus, Little Compton, RI

No pre-registration is necessary for Sunday programs.

Admission to the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants at Hollister House Garden is $10, including Open Days admission to the garden.

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