Page Dickey at NYBG

A fortunate group of New York Botanical Garden alumnae and other landscape professionals got to hear Page Dickey lecture yesterday in an intimate venue at the school. The title of the lecture was “The Runaway, Overgrown Garden”. Something we’re all familiar with, right? A subtitle could have been “Mistakes in Plant Choices I’ve Made”. Over and over she stressed that no one, ever, allows enough room for mature growth, and made clear how that effects and trickles down to future flow and functionality. In her self-deprecating, soft-spoken and gentile manner, Ms. Dickey took us on a wonderful journey starting with the creation of her garden, reasons and thinking behind her design decisions, to her garden in the present tense, including the recent substitutions of shrubs in the place of perennials.   

I look forward to getting my hands on her new book, “Embroidered Ground”, which documents her move to simplify her gardens at Duck Hill.  


About christinedarnelldesignstudio

Christine Darnell Design Studio is a landscape and garden design studio in Chester, CT. Imaginative plant combinations characterize the work with an artist’s eye towards texture and color. A strong commitment to environmentally considerate design runs through the practice, the support of local nurseries, and guidance towards the most environmentally sustainable materials and products. Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT , Wetlands Commissioner for the Town of Chester, Vice President, APLD, Connecticut Chapter.
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