Tuesday, July 10, 2012

MORE meadows, pocket meadows, and prairie gardens

I've been immersing myself in learning more about meadow gardening (and prairie gardening) and naturalistic gardens as practiced by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury and others. It's not an unfamiliar topic for me, but I've having fun revisiting it.

I'm doing a pocket native gardening program at the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference next week, so I'm wanting to be up to date.

It's so interesting that our North American natives (prairie species, but also our successional meadow species in the Eastern U.S.) have been embraced by naturalistic garden designers in the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany.

I would so like to visit Piet and Anya Oudolf's private garden this fall and some of the German gardens that are being experimental with naturalistic gardens.

I've got just enough frequent flier miles to book a flight -- perhaps that's a signal that I need to go!


1 comment:

  1. The American Horticultural Society headquarters here in Alexandria planted a meadow a few years back. What I found interesting is that they 'burn it down' every few years as a natural way to keep it a meadow - otherwise trees sprout, turn into brush, and growing into, well, trees. The critters we found in the meadow (along the Potomac River) were abundant.
    -Ray

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