Monday, August 13, 2012

Phipps teams with extension for Summer Short Course with garden designer ... - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)

Here's a great event for gardeners who would like to learn from the best about garden design.

Phipps and Penn State Extension Bring Celebrated Garden Designer Gordon Hayward to Pittsburgh

Summer Short Course gives local gardeners a chance to learn from one of the nation’s leading experts.
gordon_haywardPittsburgh, Pa. On August 27, 2012, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension will present a special Summer Short Course with nationally renowned garden designer, writer and lecturer Gordon Hayward at historic Botany Hall on the Phipps campus in Oakland. Ideal for both professional and home gardeners, this day of lively and informative lectures will cover topics ranging from creative and practical uses of stone to finding inspiration for composition in works of fine art.
Based in southern Vermont, Hayward has been educating the public about garden design for decades, writing for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and serving as a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine for six. Also an award-winning author, he is now a contributing editor for Organic Gardening Magazine, and travels around the country teaching people of all skill levels how to make the most of their natural spaces. Among the lectures he will present on his upcoming visit to Pittsburgh are:

·         Your House, Your Gardenâ€"Hayward will show attendees how their own houses can help them design front, side and back gardens, as well as plots between buildings, in ells or courtyards, or around outbuildings. He will also provide helpful ideas for dealing with visual problems that center around air conditioning units and cellar door bulkheads.

·         The Uses of Stone in the Gardenâ€"Hayward will talk about the many roles stones can play to give a garden a feeling of timelessness, structure and solidity.

·         Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Designâ€"Hayward will explore the many similarities between how painters and gardeners carry out the art of composition.

Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Summer Short Course with Gordon Hayward includes a light breakfast, lunch and all lectures at the cost of $85 per person with a limited number of spots open to university students for $50. An optional design workshop, Structure and Organization of Space in the Residential Garden, led by Hayward will also be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on August 28 at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park at the cost of $75 per person (or $150 when combined with the Short Course); however, basic drafting experience is a recommended prerequisite for those who wish to register and attend. Reservations for both programs are required and can be made by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.


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