Adult Education

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education, offering a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, classes, workshops, and tours of our living collections and historical landscape. Join us as we explore the biology and horticulture of woody plants, and delve into topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science.

Featured Programs

Wild by Design

Margie Ruddick

Margie Ruddick, ASLA, Landscape Architect
Thursday, October 20, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale

Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? With beautiful images, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. Ruddick stretches the boundaries of landscape design, offering a set of broader, more flexible strategies and practical examples that allow for the unexpected exuberance of nature to be a welcome part of our gardens, parks, backyards, and cities.

Margie Ruddick is an international, award-winning landscape designer and the recipient of Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. She is recognized for her pioneering, environmental approach to landscape design, which integrates ecology, urban planning and culture. Elle Décor names Margie as one of five landscape designers “who are reshaping our world” and Dwell identifies her as a “Landscape Design Icon” on its cover. Her recent projects include NYC’s Queens Plaza and the Shillim Institute and Retreat in India. Margie also worked with artist Betsy Damon to design the Living Water Park in Chengdu, Sichuan, the first ecological park in China. Margie has taught at numerous institutions, most recently Princeton. Her just published best-selling book is entitled Wild By Design.

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