Digging Deeper: The Inevitable Garden

Digging Deeper: The Inevitable Garden

Sat, Feb 23, 2019
11:00 AM

Alight with lush photographs of fine English and American gardens, The Inevitable Garden is a distillation of what Gordon Hayward has learned over more than three decades of immersion in garden design and gardening as a self-taught designer, writer and lecturer. His conclusion? A garden with soul, clarity, varied emotions, and an unself-conscious design—that is, a feeling of inevitability—is the fusion of three key elements: people, buildings, and land. People, those who live in and care for the garden and whose style and life stories are embedded in it. Buildings, the style, layout, materials, and history of the interior as well as exterior of the house and buildings associated with the garden. Land, its features, its history, its native plants, its soil, and its light. Hayward also includes lessons learned from farms wherein form follows function, looking at a diversified farm in the Cotswolds, orchards in Northwestern Connecticut, an Italian vineyard, and a vast ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In the end, this lecture provides attendees with a new way of seeing and assessing their own gardens to strengthen this harmonious sense of rightness, of inevitability.

Gordon Hayward’s influence in the garden world is wide-reaching. More than 100 of his articles have been published in Horticulture magazine alone. He has written eleven design books and lectures across the country. For over thirty years, he has been designing residential gardens in twenty states. Since 1984, he and his wife, Mary, have been developing a 1½ acre garden in southeastern Vermont that is the subject of two books by the Haywards as well as numerous magazine articles. Their garden has been featured during Garden Conservancy Open Days and is documented in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Gordon was also recently named an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America.

A book sale and signing will be held after the lecture.

Online registration is now closed, you can register at the door, cash or check only. 

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
2801 Sharon Turnpike/Route 44
Millbrook, NY 12545

Date and time
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11 a.m.

$30 for Members of the Garden Conservancy, Innisfree or the Cary Institute
$40 for 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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