Friday, May 3, 2013
Dr. Robert Naczi
Curator of North American Botany, NYBG
Dr. Douglas Tallamy
Chair of the Department of
Entomology and Wildlife Ecology,
University of Delaware
President, Rick Darke LLC
Sheila Brady, FASLA
Principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Grand Opening of
Native Plant Garden
Darke couldn't help himself. Starting off with the disclaimer, that Piet Oudolf is a good friend of his, Darke showed pictures of The High Line before it became The High Line: the native flora, lack of pesticides and irrigation; the beauty of that landscape. He drew attention to the functionality of the landscape as it existed before it became a destination garden.
This brought the discussion back to relationships. How the connections between plants, insects, and birds create what we call a garden. He urged us all to become citizen scientists. After an entire morning of concepts like biodiversity, ecosystem, food web, I was ready to make new marriage vows: to commit to functional, productive landscapes.