The Living Landscape

Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

This three-part presentation by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, two of the most important voices in sustainability and horticulture, will explore in depth the topic of their new book of the same title, and will provide inspiration and practical advice for anyone interested in enriching the living layers in their own home habitat.

Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society.

Doug Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. He won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

Looking at the Layered Landscape

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 open the program with an illustrated discussion of the living layers in local and regional land- scapes, both as they occur naturally and as they are often modified by human culture. This exploration will provide a basis for understanding the essential characteristics of healthy layers and how they can be conserved and enhanced in home gardens and shared landscapes.

Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere because introduced plants have not had time to develop the specialized relationships that sustain local species. Doug Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties, and what we need to do to make our landscapes functioning ecosystems once again.

Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscape

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.

A book signing will follow with light refreshments.

This program is eligible for 3.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Register by October 19

1:00p - 4:00p
Haggerty Center
$75 members / $85 non-members
Sunday, October 26, 2014