We are excited to be able to present Rick Darke on the evening of Friday, January 17, 2014 speaking on the High Line, a
long-derelict elevated rail line along New York City's West Side that has since become one of 21st Century's most
imaginative public spaces. Rick will give one talk on the High Line followed by a second on other High Line-like
projects around the world. This is a subject which will be of great interest to both members who have visited
New York and walked the High Line, and those who may not have made it yet but hope to.
Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends
art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes.
He served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for 20 years, and in 1998 The American Horticultural Society honoured Rick
with its Scientific Award, which recognizes individuals "who have enriched horticulture through outstanding and notable research."
Rick first visited the High Line in 2002, when Joshua David and Robert Hammond invited him to see the self-seeded
landscape that had taken over the structure. Since then, he has been documenting the landscape as it changes in color
and texture throughout the seasons. An internationally recognized expert on grasses, he has visited the High Line with
Piet Oudolf, Melissa Fisher and other staff to talk about the roles these unique plants play on the High Line.
Rick’s many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest (Timber Press),
In Harmony with Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden (Michael Friedman Publishing), and
The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Timber Press). His book
The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition (2009 Timber Press) places William Robinson's classic concept of
wild gardening in modern ecological context and illustrates its relevance for today's gardeners and landscape stewards.
Rick has an extensive website which documents his many achievements and projects and is definitely worth a
look - www.rickdarke.com