Designing and Caring for The Living Landscape

Jan 23 2018 - 3:15pm

An interweaving of conservation-based design and attendant care and stewardship, using real examples, often will multiple-year perspectives on process.

Session Track: 
Turf & Landscape Management


Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His projects include residential gardens, parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, and botanical gardens.

Rick’s Pennsylvania home garden, which he and his wife Melinda Zoehrer have made and maintain together, has served as their living laboratory for a quarter century. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes, co-authored with Piet Oudolf. For further information visit: