Summer Solstice Lecture featuring Darrel Morrison
Wednesday, Jun 21 2023, 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT. copy to my calendar, iCal export
Lauritzen Gardens 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE 68108, United States (map)

In this lecture, Darrel Morrison will talk about the people and places that have influenced and/or inspired him in teaching and designing nature-based landscapes for more than a half century. These include the one-time prairie landscapes of southwest Iowa, where he grew up on a 160-acre farm in the 1940s; the restored tallgrass prairies at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum; and a variety of protected natural areas. People who were important influences include wildlife ecologist and philosopher Aldo Leopold; landscape architects Jens Jensen and A.E. Bye; and environmental psychologists Steve and Rachel Kaplan.

His own philosophy of landscape design has evolved to include the following goals in designing landscapes: That they be ecologically sound, experientially rich, “of the place”, and dynamic, I.e., changing over time.

Morrison will show examples of landscapes he has designed with these goals in mind: the four-acre Native Plant Garden at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, initially planted in 2002-3; the native garden at The Old Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden, planted in 2010; the Native Flora Garden Extension at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, planted in 2013; extensive native tallgrass plantings at Storm King Art Center, planted 1996-2022; native plantings, bringing the “ beauty of the wild” at the Round House in Wilton, Connecticut. Throughout, he will discuss how the principles in these landscapes can be “ brought home” to the places we live and work.

A book signing and dessert reception follow the lecture. $15, $10 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.