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Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program Presents Spring Lectures by Celebrated Landscape Architects and Announces Continuing Education Classes with New York Botanical Garden

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College is presenting two lectures on landscaping design this spring. On Tuesday, February 28, landscape architect Margie Ruddick will present “Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes.” The lecture, cosponsored by the Bard Environmental and Urban Studies Program, is free and open to the public and takes place at 4:45 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. For more information about Ruddick, visit
On Tuesday, March 28, landscape architect and historian CeCe Haydock will present an illustrated talk, “Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome,” presenting images of eight Roman villas described by Wharton in her book, Italian Villas and Their Gardens, first published in 1904, which remains a scholarly resource on the subject to this day. Learn about the influence of the villas on Wharton’s own houses and her novels. The lecture, presented in partnership with the Garden Conservancy, takes place at 7 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a reception. The lecture is open to the public; there is a $25 registration fee ($20 for Garden Conservancy members). Complimentary tickets available for Bard students, faculty, and staff (ID required). For more information or to register, please call Jennifer Hausler at 845.424.6500, ext. 212 or e-mail
The Landscape and Arboretum Program and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) also are offering noncredit continuing education classes on gardening at Bard College this spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics. To register, visit or call 1-800-322-NYBG. All classes are held in room 202 of the Olin Humanities Building at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Container gardening know-how is in high demand. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for ensuring that your plants thrive in all four seasons. Please bring lunch to class.
2 Saturdays, 5/6 & 5/13, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Erika Hanson | Bard | 174GAR327C
Learn how native plants enhance gardens and augment biodiversity. Study native herbaceous and woody plants: their identification, habitat, and culture. Hear about the significance of woodland soils, and how to promote a healthy environment to support spring ephemerals, summer perennials, shrubs, and trees.
2 Saturdays, 4/22 & 4/29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Brad Roeller | Bard | 174GAR315A
Capture the fleeting magic of woodland spring flowers with the delicate art of papercutting. You will learn basic papercutting techniques from silhouette artist Jenny Lee Fowler—whose work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, and Better Homes and Gardens—and use her one-of-a-kind patterns to create a piece of 8˝ x 10˝ art to frame and hang in your home. No previous art experience is required.
Saturday, 4/8, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jenny Lee Fowler | Bard | 174CRF153A
Use the ancient tradition of papercutting to “draw in silhouette” and celebrate the role of pollinators—birds, bats, beetles, bees, and butterflies—and their connections with plants. You will choose a pollinator and plant pairing to inspire your own original design that you will turn into a work of art with the help of Hudson-based paper artist Jenny Lee Fowler. No previous art experience is required.
Saturday, 4/15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jenny Lee Fowler | Bard | 174CRF165A
*Reduced price for members of the New York Botanical Garden; Friends of the Landscape and Arboretum Program; and Bard faculty, staff, and students.
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This event was last updated on 02-14-2017