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The Cutting Garden Re-Imagined with Taylor Johnston and Ed Bowen of Issima

  • Nantucket Lighthouse School 1 Rugged Road Nantucket, MA 02554 (map)



Informed by collective decades of horticultural experience and shared philosophical inclination, in their talk, Taylor Johnston and Ed Bowen of Issima Nursery will address the questions - Ought a cutting garden merely be defined by productive rows? Can a cut flower present an opportunity to consider a heightened expression of what one wants to achieve in a border? Join Taylor and Ed as they share years of observation, experimentation and inquiry into the idea of the cutting garden.

About Taylor and Ed:
Taylor Johnston's work in horticulture spans nearly two decades, working with hardy plants, tropicals, cut flowers, and edibles in both a public and private setting. Most recently, after leaving her perch managing the gardens and greenhouses at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and after a brief stint as head grower at New York Botanical Gardens, she teamed up with Ed Bowen, fellow reformed philosopher, hands-on gardener, occasional garden writer, and former proprietor of the nano-nursery Opus Plants, to form a collaborative, experimental nursery project called Issima. Current work with Issima focuses on growing and selecting under cultivated, garden worthy plants, growing specialty cut flowers, and pursuing a limited number of garden design projects, including most recently, at the Guggenheim in Manhattan.