Green-Wood will present a four-part lecture series titled, “The Big Picture: Cemetery as Cultural Landscape” which will feature some of the most visionary designers and garden managers in the business of landscape design today. The series, which investigates the past and future of this National Historic Landmark’s bucolic landscape, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
• Historic Landscapes as Venues for Sustainable Design with Larry Weaner
For just under thirty years, renowned landscape designer Larry Weaner has urged America to rethink its love affair with the manicured lawn. Since establishing his firm in 1982, Weaner has pushed for “planned, natural landscapes” that eliminate the need for frequent mowing and other unsustainable practices, advocating native plants that have an ecological relationship to the indigenous landscape. Weaner is now one of the most sought-after and forward-thinking landscape designers in the world. At Green-Wood, he has just completed the first phase of redesigning the tiered slopes (dotted with nineteenth-century mausoleums) alongside the Historic Chapel. Through his thoughtful plant selection, he has introduced flora that might have grown here in the cemetery’s earliest days (1830s), creating a habitat for pollinators and wildlife. In this program, Weaner will discuss how historic landscapes can become pioneers in the field of sustainable design.
For other dates, times and topics in the series, visit Green-Wood’s website.