Seminar: The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Garden

Presented by Rick Darke

The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Rick Darke will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes.  Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

The lecture will followed by a book signing and reception.

Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic which blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His work has been feature in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and elsewhere.  His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. This latest book (June 2014, Timber Press), The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with friend and colleague Doug Tallamy.  For further information visit: