Digging Deeper: Elemental Nature—The California Landscapes of GROUND STUDIO

Digging Deeper: Elemental Nature—The California Landscapes of GROUND STUDIO

Photo: Franklin Street project, Monterey, CA; courtesy of GROUND STUDIO

The Gardens at Heather Farm

Wed, Jun 19, 2019
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

GROUND STUDIO’s award-winning design work celebrates the elemental nature of California, where the Pacific Ocean converges with coastal mountains. This twisting, folding landscape presents myriad climatic, topographical, and geological variations, from the craggy coasts of Big Sur to the fertile hills of Sonoma wine country. Project scale and setting also vary widely. Founder Bernard Trainor views rural projects as an opportunity to explore simplicity in harmony with the pure, wild, and historic, while in urban projects, he seeks to create meaningful private spaces that provide sanctuary from everyday chaos. A deep understanding of both site and client is essential to his process. Trainor begins by listening, observing, and exploring the connections between human, built, and natural systems. Drawing on these patterns of place, utilizing regionally appropriate plants and materials, and resourceful, sustainable techniques, his designs reveal the inherent poetry in the landscape and celebrate where, how, and why we live.

In this inspirational and educational presentation, Trainor will trace his analysis and design process— highlighting a few favorite plants and water-wise strategies—using projects featured in his newly released monograph, Bernard Trainor: Ground Studio Landscape (Princeton Architectural Press, May 2019). Bernard Trainor is an Australian-born designer who has lived and worked in California since 1995. He is founding principal and design director of Ground Studio Landscapes, based in Monterey. His international body of work has been featured in a wide range of books and publications and received numerous awards.

Advance registration is strongly suggested and space is limited. Includes a boxed lunch. A book sale and signing will be held after the lecture.

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Date and time
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check-in 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Talk begins at 11:30 a.m.

Registration is closed for this event; there will be no tickets sold on site.
$50 Members of the Garden Conservancy
$50 Members of The Gardens at Heather Farm
$60 Nonmembers

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