Rick Darke to lecture on The Wild Garden at the Bellefield Design Lecture
next June 2, 2013
The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association and the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard present Rick Darke, renowned author, photographer and landscape consultant, who will present his recently expanded edition of William Robinson’s influential book “The Wild Garden” first published in 1870. Darke brings Robinson’s groundbreaking text to a new generation of gardeners and with his award winning color photography, demonstrates how these early ideas about sustainable landscape practices still resonate today. A widely-read English- garden writer, Robinson advocated the use of hardy plants arranged in natural groupings able to thrive for years with little care at a time when labor-intensive, formal arrays of tender plants were all the rage. Robinson’s message continues to speak to modern gardeners seeking ecological and carefree landscapes.
Beatrix Farrand’s long friendship and correspondence with Robinson greatly influenced her signature style of creating naturalistic surroundings for her geometric, formal designs.His innovative horticultural ideas supported her own devotion to the use of native plants. As BFGA embarks next to restore Farrand’s “Wild Garden” here at Bellefield, there could not be a more timely and relevant subject for discussion, and we are honored to have Rick Darke bring his insight and stunning photographic images to the Annual Bellefield Design Lecture next spring.
The lecture will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 2:00 at the Wallace Visitor Center, Hyde Park, NY.