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    March 23, 2016 Meeting     Thomas Rainer:
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for More Resilient Landscapes


The Beltsville Garden Club will hold its March general meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room of the James E. Duckworth School at 11201 Evans Trail in Beltsville, Maryland.

This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join landscape architect Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture--resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.

Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher, and writer, is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that interprets nature rather than imitating it. His planting designs focus on creating a modern expression of the ground plane with a largely native palette of perennials and grasses. Thomas has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, and blogs regularly at the award-winning site Grounded Design. He is a Principal for the firm Rhodeside & Harwell in Washington, D.C.

Refreshments from members and donations for the door prize table are always appreciated.






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