Keynote - Rick Darke

Two Great Education Sessions with Rick Darke!

The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes
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Distinguishing Your Brand With Creative Technology

The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes
The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. The ability to recognize, understand, conserve and enhance these layers is the most important skill set any of us can bring to the enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of private gardens and community landscapes.  Strategies for employing truly organic architecture in crafting beautiful, highly functional layered landscapes will be presented in detail.

Distinguishing Your Brand With Creative Technology
Designer, author and photographer Rick Darke will share insights from his experience making creative use of digital technologies to establish, distinguish and sustain a unique business brand.  Topics will include digital photography, project documentation, and presentation techniques.

 
 
Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on the design and management of living landscapes. Darke's work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography. Projects include parks, scenic byways, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, post industrial brownfields, botanic gardens and residential landscapes.

Darke has studied and photographed North American plants in diverse habitats for nearly 40 years, and this experience is reflected in his articles and books including The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Living Landscape: Desigining for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden (co-authored with Doug Tallamy).  A broadly knowledgeable botanist and horticulturist, Darke has traveled extensively in both hemispheres exploring diverse ecologies and cultural landscapes in search of ideas to enrich the global garden. He is an internationally recognized authority on the use of grasses in designed gardens and managed wildscapes and his book The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes is the world's most complete single reference on the topic. Believing that managed wildness will play an increasing role in tomorrow's urban and suburban landscapes, Darke worked with Timber Press to introduce William Robinson's classic work to a new generation of gardners. The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition places Robinson's work in modern ecological context and illustrates its continuing relevance.