Digging Deeper: Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale

Digging Deeper: Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale

Photo: Robert Clyde Anderson at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY

Anderson/Chan Garden

Sat, Sep 14, 2019
10:00 AM

Calling it the Dutch Wave, the New Perennial Movement, or simply naturalistic planting, creative gardeners and designers have leveraged developments in ecology and environmental science over the last thirty years to revolutionize the way perennials are used worldwide. Large-scale projects like the High Line in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago, and the Olympic Park Gardens in London are inspiring examples of this approach, but how does the average gardener take these big ideas and translate them into a domestic scale that is manageable in terms of both labor and expense?

Using his own two-acre property as a classroom, Robert Clyde Anderson will share practical techniques he has successfully adopted and developed in his garden-cum-laboratory. Topics addressed will include site selection and preparation; plant material sources, choices, and acquisition; installation tips; and seasonal care. The focus will be on a three-phase wet meadow planting with one section demonstrating preparation, one section post-installation, and one section mature planting. Participants will be welcome to explore the rest of Robert’s garden, which includes shrub borders, a sunny terraced xeric garden, a shady wooded streamside area, a moist meadow area, a kitchen garden, and a small flock of chickens.

Robert is a garden designer, consultant, and writer who found his way to the Hudson Valley after a career in illustration and book design. A native of Louisiana and a lifelong gardener, he has designed and maintained gardens in Columbia County as well as working at Pondside Nursery in Hudson, NY, and Loomis Creek Nursery in Claverack, NY.

Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Anderson/Chan Garden
Stuyvesant, NY
Directions will be sent to registered guests only

Date and time
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10 a.m.

$30 for Members of the Garden Conservancy
$40 for Nonmembers

For any questions, please call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442 to register.

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