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.