10 Apr '12, 1pm

Thomas Rainer on Contemporary Garden Design with Natives

Thomas Rainer on Contemporary Garden Design with Natives

Landscape architect Thomas Rainer (whose blog Grounded Design I've raved about ) recently spoke to a rapt audience at the National Arboretum's Native Plant Symposium, addressing the big question - how to create a native-plant garden that looks like a garden. You know, cared for and pretty. So first he clarified that he's no typical landscape architect but a true plant nerd. (Does he garden after dark? Check. Stay awake at night thinking of plants for his garden? Check. Et cetera.) He's also not a native-plant purist, but native plants DO resonate with him spiritually, answering his longing for nature, what we've lost and are rapidly losing. Thomas went on to complain that Americans treat nature like Victorians treated women - as either virgins or whores. Just Google "Yard of the Month " to see the nature-free yards that are held as the ideal, visions of which drew groans f...

Full article: http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/2012/04/thomas-rainer...

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