From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design

Landscape author and teacher W. Gary Smith will present a talk on the subject of his award-winning book From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Theatre of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public.

"Smith's innovative work in the public and private sectors has consistently conjoined environmental consciousness, artistry and community building," said Peggy Gould, a member of the College's environmental studies faculty planning group.

A leader in the field of landscape architecture, Smith is known for his emphasis on native plants, and his achievements in creating public gardens for young people. "His focus on creativity inspires us to consider, and perhaps re-imagine, our surroundings from a gardener's perspective," said Gould. Smith's lectures are illustrated by the beautiful photographs from his book and have been found to be inspiring by professional and amateur gardeners alike.

Recipient of a 2011 annual book award from the American Horticultural Society and winner of the 2011 International Landscape Design Residential Gold Award of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Smith" successfully demystifies much of the creative process," wrote Peter Jacobs, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Montreal, in a review in Landscape Architecture magazine.