Its a matter of coincidence I’m sure that at the end of the month, within three days, the Crosby Arboretum, an arm of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University, and LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture will each host lectures by an internationally recognized expert in the field of ecological-natural landscaping.
How cool is that?!!!
March 28th will bring to the Crosby Arboretum, located in the metropolis of Picayune, Mississippi, Rick Darke, an amazing speaker, horticulturist, author, and scientist. He has been promoting and using grasses since back in the early 90’s when I was just a whee whippersnapper novice to natives. Mr. Darke teamed-up and has just published his latest book, with Entomologist-nature-guy Doug Tallamy, titled The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Darke has written an amazing collection of horticultural publications including the Encyclopedia of Grasses for Living Landscapes, the American Woodland Garden-an American Horticultural Society book award winner, and The Wild Garden, among others. See this guy or regret your foolish absence. 🙂
On Monday April 1, at 5:00 at the LSU Art and Design auditorium, Dr. James Hitchmough, the world renown and highly acclaimed Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield, UK, will be speaking through the Paula D. Manship Endowed Lecture series, invited here by my fellow-instructor of the LSU Urban Meadows class, Prof. Wes Michaels. I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending a brief bit of time with Dr. Hitchmough a year ago at the 2014 NDAL and thoroughly enjoyed that time with him but I especially enjoyed his lecture. His is a most interesting and enlightening perspective, backed by hard-science, and of course the proof is in his awe-inspiring meadow gardens that he designs. His focus is on the seeded, urban landscape; one that evokes profound emotion and inspiration. His most recent books include Urban Landscape Management and The Dynamic Landscape. If you attend this lecture, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.
I hope to see a good crowd in the audience for these two, for them to come from so far, and carrying such important messages. Do like me and tell all three of your friends.