A Life of Stories: In the Garden and On the Land
Seven years ago, Anne Raver interviewed Duncan Brine for her New York Times piece, “Vistas and Close-Ups, Staged by a Filmmaker” featuring his Hudson Valley garden. Since Anne’s discovery, the Brine Garden has been the subject of several books and magazines.
On March 1, as part of a symposium, Anne takes the hot seat as Duncan interviews her about her many years covering the garden “writ large”. Anne will share her garden writer’s world with an audience of avid homeowners and professional gardeners and designers. From her early years as a storyteller at the farm dinner table in Maryland to honing her skills under deadline at Newsday and The New York Times Anne talks gardens and gardeners, including: how she selects her subjects, reports and writes the story, but also how she presents the personal stories of the gardeners she has met that illustrate issues in horticulture past, present, and future. Anne’s garden writing approach is personal and so will be Duncan and Anne’s conversation at the symposium.
Anne Raver has written about gardening and the environment for almost 30 years. As an award-winning columnist and feature writer for Newsday in the 1980s, and later the New York Times, she has explored the meaning of gardens from river farmers in the Amazon to urban pioneers of New York City. She has kept a loyal following informed and inspired about the environment, from the effects of pesticides to the vagaries of climate change, often using her own gardens at her Maryland farm as the starting point. A storyteller at heart, her love of travel, fueled by her curiosity, has taken her to little known people and places throughout the United States, South America, and England – to bring their stories to life on the page. Anne has a master’s degree in creative writing and is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, but her greatest teachers have been the gardeners and farmers who have told her their stories. She is the author of Deep in the Green, a collection of her columns, published by Knopf, 1995.
The Brine Garden is featured in its own chapter in the new book, Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley published by Monacelli Press.
At the upcoming symposium, Duncan and Anne will delve into various aspects of horticulture which have received Anne’s attention and journalistic treatment over the years. Duncan is a principal at GardenLarge, a landscape design and installation firm. He teaches naturalistic landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden; his method of “structured naturalism,” involves native plants and existing conditions. In the American Horticultural Society’s American Gardener magazine, Duncan wrote, “A naturalistic garden has a dual focus, like horticulture itself—it’s balanced between art and science.”A grove of Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ in the Brine Garden, Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, published by Monacelli Press.
Also presenting at the symposium are Ed Bowen and Dawn Pettinelli.
In his talk, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, specialty nursery owner, Ed Bowen, will discuss mass-market plant selection criteria and the limitations the process imposes on gardeners and growers.
Dawn Pettinelli, an educator at the University of Connecticut, presents Soil Sense: Let’s Stop Treating Our Soils Like Dirt – Our Lives Depend Upon It! Dawn will demonstrate various threats to healthy soil and helps gardeners respect and protect one of their most valuable assets.
The Mad Gardeners’ Symposium, titled Keeping Grounded: Life in the Garden, will take place at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village, CT, on Saturday, March 1, from 9am to 3pm. (Snow Date: Sunday, March 2)
Pre-registration by February 26 includes lunch.
Make checks payable to: Mad Gardeners
Sharon Tingley, Registrar
30 Fairchild Road
Sharon, CT 06069
To register after February 26: call 860-355-1547 or email: email@example.com
For symposium details and to download the event brochure go to www.madgardeners.org.