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A Garden Odyssey: In Search of the World’s Most Creative Gardens

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV020
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Great Dixter gardens

Imagine traveling the world passionately searching for the most exquisite and creatively designed gardens. Now imagine having the time and resources that would enable you to escape the daily demands of life and offer the chance to focus entirely on studying and becoming engrossed in every aspect of these gardens.

Baltimore landscape architect Scott C. Scarfone was given just such an opportunity through a research fellowship awarded by Philadelphia’s famous Chanticleer Garden, renowned for its cutting-edge horticultural and creative planting practices. During the year-long fellowship, Scarfone focused his efforts on expanding his knowledge of society and culture as expressed through the gardens’ physical representations and intrinsic meanings.

His travels led him to England to garden at Great Dixter with the late Christopher Lloyd, a noted gardening writer and horticulturist; to Italy to visit the gardens of the Renaissance era; to Japan’s ancient gardens of Kyoto and Nara; to Thailand to study eastern philosophy and garden design; to Costa Rica to view tropical vegetation in a native rainforest environment; to California to study Mediterranean plants in a design style that only that state can boast; and his most recent trip to Morocco to visit the amazing sculpture gardens of Anima. 

Join Scarfone as he shares stories from his excursions across the globe, illustrated by views and discussion of some of the most prolific gardens ever created.

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