Native Plant Gardens: Learning By Example

Carolyn Summers, Author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East

February 2016

Good examples of well-designed native plant landscapes can be hard to find, making this program particularly instructive. Carolyn Summers takes us on a visual tour of numerous gardens, large and small, both public and private— illustrating a diversity of styles for using native plants that range from formal to naturalistic. Our tour travels from Sara Stein’s Garden in Pound Ridge, NY, to the New World Garden designed by Larry Weaner, to the High Line in NYC, and includes many other stops along the way. Accompanied by design and how-to tips, this talk is valuable for both novice gardeners and seasoned professionals.

Carolyn Summers is an adjunct professor at Go Native U, a joint project of Westchester Community College and The Native Plant Center. Her book, Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, is a valuable primer on the creation of native plant landscapes formal or informal. She and her husband have opened their country home, Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve, for public tours and to showcase the importance of native plants to all landscapes.