NGF18 Keynote Speaker - Thomas Rainer

We are very excited to announce the 2018 Keynote Speaker for the 10th Anniversary Nantucket Garden Festival. Please join us in welcoming Thomas Rainer, Principal of Phyto Studio in Washington, D. C., to our Festival and island.

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In a workshop entitled 'The Inspired Plantsmen: Nature-Inspired Approach to Plant Selection and Composition', Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, will discuss how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. Both practical and inspiring, this talk will explore a synthesis of ecology and horticulture—resulting in an intentionally designed and managed plant community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.

Rainer's workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 18th - details here. Tickets will be released in May.

About Thomas Rainer:
Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Rainer has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural and consulting firm Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C., teaches planting design at George Washington University, and is the co-author along with Claudia West of the award-winning book Planting in a Post-Wild World.

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