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The Broadbent Lecture 2016: Wild about Perennials
Sun 27 November 2016, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT
You are invited to an inspiring lecture with Dr Noel Kingsbury, internationally acclaimed writer and teacher, who has spent the last twenty years researching herbaceous perennial and their use in garden design.
The lecture looks at naturalistic planting design and the use of herbaceous perennials to create stunning and sustainable plantings. Naturalistic planting is inherently low maintenance, encourages wildlife as well as looking stunning. It is now becoming far better known in the public sphere with a stream of public projects like the High Line in New York, the Olympic Park in London and Trentham in Staffordshire.
Noel Kingsbury’s discovery of naturalistic planting schemes in Germany and Holland in the 1990s led to an enthusiastic promotion of naturalistic planting in British gardens. He can be largely credited with introducing renowned Dutch designer Piet Oudolf to the English speaking world. A great believer in using science to inform gardening, he has worked on both private gardens and public spaces developing nature inspired planting based on strong ecological principles. Noel has written and contributed to some 20 titles about garden design, green roofs and the politics of gardening, collaborating with Piet on four books, including the widely acclaimed Planting: A New Perspective.