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LECTURE: “The Art of Plant Placement” with Eric Sternfels 2021
Ned Wolf Park
7018 McCallum Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19119
Saturday, June 05, 2021, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

Lecture: "The Art of Plant Placement" with Eric Sternfels

"Garden making can become a conscious art form when we try to understand how the human eye processes input. Only then can we be deliberate in our choices when locating plants with intentional goals. We can better create moods, define spaces, loosen or sharpen our focus when we select and locate plants of the right visual character. Learn how to use plantings, not just the man-made edges and surfaces to order your landscape. We will discuss geometry, patterns, and composition to bring an artistic perspective to re-ordering an existing garden or to begin a new one." - Eric Sternfels

There are many fabulous reasons for coming to this lecture at Ned Wolf Park in Philadelphia:

1. The first is Ned Park - click here to read a wonderful article about the park in Fine Gardening magazine.

2. Don’t get lost in the details of individual plant juxtapositions. Stand back and learn to be guided by a bigger picture.

3. How we organize plants in our garden shapes how our visitors think and feel. Learn how to guide their eyes and how to create a focal point and where to cultivate calm.

4. Movement in the garden can mean many things. For this program, we examine the intuitive movement of our eyes as we survey the garden.

Eric Sternfels calls garden making "an interesting, quiet labor," which has resulted in a unique landscape filled with usable ideas. With a background in architecture, he designed a garden in a long narrow space behind his vintage 1840s home in Philadelphia. 

This open air class will take place unless weather conditions are severe. Bring umbrellas if need be for light rain. Registrants will be notified by e-mail in the event of a cancellation in the early AM.

Registration is required. Limited enrollment = 20 participants. Members $5 and Non-members $15.

Important: Only online payment with credit card is accepted. If you cannot pay online, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Click here to register. Online payment only. Registration ends on June 1st.

Please note: COVID "Stop the Spread" measures will be strictly adhered to - masks are mandatory and 6 foot social distancing will be followed.

Additionally, every registrant must sign a Coronavirus Waiver prior to attending this event. Click here for the waiver. If possible, please download a copy of the waiver, sign it and bring it with you to the event. The event coordinator will have extra copies available for registrants that need them.


Contact: Laura Axel at [email protected]