Acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author and photographer C. Colston Burrell will present "Beauty, Integrity & Resilience: Can a Garden Have Everything?” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.
Sponsored by Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the program is free and open to the public.
Do our gardening practices have a negative impact on the environment? Can we make a difference by changing the way we approach design, plant choice, planting techniques and maintenance regimes? How do we meet our aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and exotic plants?
These are a few of the questions Cole will explore as he discusses ways to create sustainable gardens that are both beautiful and environmentally sound.
A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole Burrell is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. The author of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years.
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 has a master's in horticulture from University of Maryland and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he teaches about plants and their ecological connections to natural systems and cultural landscapes. He gardens on 10 wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he grows natives and the best plants of the global garden.
Cole’s garden, Bird Hill, was featured in The New York Times and frequently appears in national and regional publications. The garden is a popular destination for national tours. He escorts garden and natural history tours throughout the United States and abroad. To learn more about him, visit https://www.ccolstonburrell.com/.
The Kingsport Center for Higher Education is located at 300 W. Market Street in Downtown Kingsport. For more information, call (423) 348-6572 or email [email protected]