Summer Solstice Lecture with Rick Darke

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Tuesday June 21

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM


Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Rick Darkea landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes.

Our garden is our home habitat. For most of us, it's the landscape we spend the most time in and a place we turn to for solace, beauty and inspiration. If it's designed to support a great variety of life it will be full of surprise, adding intrigue and interest to every day. Expanding on the subject of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, this richly illustrated talk will present ideas for the plant selection, design, and care of home and community landscapes that are practical and durable, but also beautiful and joyfully livable.

The presentation will feature Rick's own photos of gardens and designs that have proven to be practical, durable, conserving, and affordable. Within a design context, this talk will discuss the aesthetics, growth characteristics, adaptability, and stewardship needs of a range of plants capable of enlivening and enriching Nebraska landscapes.

Lecture includes an in-person presentation, followed by a book signing and a dessert reception

  • $15, $10 for Lauritzen Gardens members
  • Ticket and book packages are also available (books must be picked up at Lauritzen Gardens)

This lecture is made possible by generous gifts from the Mae and Lawrence Youngman and Judy and Jim Wigton families.

About Rick Darke: Designer, author and photographer Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends ecology, horticulture and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His collaborative projects include parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, conservation developments, botanic gardens and residential gardens. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes co-authored with Piet Oudolf. For further info visit:


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