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C. Colston Burrell, MLA

Designer, horticulturist & author, Perennial Combinations

C. Colston Burrell, MLA, is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer and photographer. The author of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with professional and amateur audiences for 45 years. He escorts garden and natural history tours to visit the premier gardens and exceptional wild places throughout the United States and abroad. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices. He gardens on 10 wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.


Evolving Gardens: Reimaging a World of Design Inspirations

Gardens and wild places around the globe provide inspiration for garden design: Christopher Lloyd’s long border, Burle Marx masterpieces or Jensen council rings, as well as boundless prairies and cathedral woodlands are all grist for the mill. Designer C. Colston Burrell explores the landscapes, iconography and experiences that shape the gardens he creates for clients with diverse needs and expectations, and invites you to imagine how your own garden has been shaped by these classics in garden design.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Redefining Right Plant/Right Place: A Gardener’s Ecology

‘Right Plant/Right Place’ is the gardener’s axiom. We all know these words by heart, but do we really put it to use? Traditionally, we think of matching soil, water, light, and space requirements of each plant. But, what about the larger ecological context in which we garden? Using nature as a model, explore the adaptations that allow plants to cope with what Mother Nature can dish out. With nature in mind, learn how to combine site-appropriate plants to fashion beautiful gardens.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow