Walker Chapel United Methodist Church

Thomas Rainer
May 24th
7:00pm to 9:00pm

  Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida.  He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. His best-selling book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, won the American Horticultural Society's book of the year in 2016.  His practice currently focuses on exquisitely crafted residential gardens, as well as consulting for complicated green infrastructure projects.

Save the date of May 24th at 7:00pm to hear his unique on the intersection of ecology, horticulture and design.  The Forum topic will be:

           The New American Cottage Garden:
               A Contemporary Revival of a Beloved Garden Style for a More Resilient Future

Too often, American suburban yard is a loveless place, requiring lots of mowing and clipping, but yielding little pleasure. It's time to take a fresh look at the cottage garden. This traditionally British form can be easily adapted for American gardens using native plants. The charming jumble of perennials and shrubs can be a truly sustainable and beautiful model for small gardens. Our gardeners can have all the advantages of a cottage garden--the romantic appeal, the low maintenance, and the colorful charm of it all--with a wildlife friendly native mix. Join landscape architect, writer, and teacher Thomas Rainer to learn how to design a contemporary cottage garden, including his picks of native plants best suited for cottage gardens.  

See the latest from Thomas Rainer on Understanding What Makes Plants Happy.  The article was in the May 1st New York Times and discusses many of the themes Thomas will be talking about at our Forum.