Digging Deeper: Visions of Nature—Gardens of Nicole Williams & Larry Becker

Digging Deeper: Visions of Nature—Gardens of Nicole Williams & Larry Becker

Gardens of Nicole Williams & Larry Becker

Sun, May 20 
3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Nicole Williams and Larry Becker garden on a dramatic, largely wooded site bounded by a sharp drop in grade, and a ravine running to Lake Michigan filled with rare native plants. Their overarching goals are to celebrate these natural features, and create a harmonious setting where interior and exterior spaces flow together. To accomplish this, they turned for inspiration to Japanese gardens and architecture, as well as to Jens Jensen’s respect for the lines and native plants of the Midwest. While different, these aesthetics celebrate the experience of being in nature. The result is a house and series of gardens that sit comfortably and naturally on the site, and draw visitors through an appreciation of each aspect of its distinctive character. The house, which abuts the ravine, was remodeled in a Japanese mode, and is surrounded by Japanese-style gardens. Gardens further from the house are more naturalistic. There remains a small bridge from the historic Hermann Paepcke estate, which was designed by Jens Jensen. Surrounding the remnants of a stone porch now serving as the upper terrace, meadow and boulder gardens, as well as native woodlands, flow down the slope to a birch grove adjacent to a traditional Japanese bridge and teahouse. Spend a very special afternoon with Nicole and Larry as they narrate their garden visions during a walking exploration of the site, and share wine and hors d’oeuvres with an intimate group of guests.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Location
Gardens of Nicole Williams & Larry Becker
11 Rockgate Lane
Glencoe, IL

Date and time
Sunday, May 20, 2018
3 p.m.

Registration
$60 members of the Garden Conservancy
$70 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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