Berkshire Botanical Garden’s
Annual Winter Lecture 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2 – 4pm
Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington, MA
Earthly Delights: Landscape Pleasures For The Mind And Body
The Berkshire Botanical Garden is proud to present acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz as this year’s Winter Lecturer. Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. Woltz is a principal at Nelson Byrd Woltz, whose projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. Woltz was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in his profession, and in 2013 was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine.
Woltz will use four recent projects from his firm’s portfolio to illustrate and explore the physical and psychological pleasures targeted in the design process. Simultaneous engagement of the mind through stimulating narratives and the body through physical immersion results in a deeper, and more pleasurable, experience of the designed landscape. Memory, movement, touch, and fragrance are central to the wide-ranging landscapes envisioned by Woltz and his firm. Projects presented at the Winter Lecture will include a private estate in the northeast, the Hudson Yards urban plaza in New York City, and the Aga Khan Garden at the Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton, Alberta. His illustrated talk, filled with ideas for professionals and home gardeners alike, is sure to inspire the audience and to be much discussed at the reception, with refreshments, following the talk.
Snow Date: Sunday, February 12
For more information and to register, click here.
The Winter Lecture Series was begun by the Berkshire Botanical Garden in 1997 and was established to bring inspiring speakers to the region to talk about horticulture, landscape design and history, plants and plant exploration, and home gardening.
Over the years, the Garden has invited such luminaries as Marco Polo Stufano, Anna Pavord, Joe Eck, Tovah Martin, Dan Hinkley, W. Gary Smith, Penelope Hobhouse, Ken Druse, Gordon Hayward, Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden, Bill Cullina, Fergus Garrett, Debs Goodenough, Margaret Roach, Michael Dirr, Glyn Jones. Louis Benech, and Alan Power to share their knowledge of plants, gardening, design and history with an interested audience of gardeners and horticulturists from the region. The series has proven to be a popular event in the region and is held in mid-February at the Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington. Proceeds from ticket sales are used to further the Garden’s educational efforts.