Digging Deeper: Creative Pragmatism—An Innovative Approach to Reclaiming Land and Developing a "Nearly Native Garden"

Digging Deeper: Creative Pragmatism—An Innovative Approach to Reclaiming Land and Developing a "Nearly Native Garden"

Garden of Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King

Sat, Aug 11 
4:00 PM

Garden designer Peter Bevacqua and artist Stephen King’s garden is usually open to the public in early June, but in high summer the garden takes on a completely different vibe. During that moment which few others see, Peter and Stephen will lead a small group through their gardens, with an emphasis on a new area, the “nearly native garden.” This recently acquired half-acre plot, once overrun with rampant growth, has become an experiment in turning an overgrown piece of property into a manageable and sustainable garden. Here, Peter and Stephen use mainly native plants but not to the exclusion of non-native options that may be better suited to the site or garden vision. Not wanting to spend the time and resources to kill off existing vegetation to start with a clean slate, they put their creative minds to work and developed an alternate method. Their aim is to create an overlay of plants that will hold their own and eventually dominate the space. As many people, gardeners and non-gardeners alike, find themselves with densely overgrown areas like this, finding a solution that does not involve pesticides or constant mowing holds great value.

See more of the garden here:

Pbgardendesign.com

Instagram.com/peterbevacqua

Registration is required and space is limited.

Location
Garden of Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King
443 New York State 23B/Willmon Road & Route 23B
Claverack, NY

Date and time
Saturday, August 11, 2018
4 p.m.

Registration
$30 members of the Garden Conservancy
$35 nonmembers

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

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