Bernard Trainor
11:00 to 13:30 - June 19, 2019

Wed, Jun 19, 2019 11:00 AM- 1:30 PM

In collaboration with the Garden Conservancy, The Gardens at Heather Farm welcomes Bernard Trainor of Ground Studio, whose work celebrates the elemental nature of California, where the Pacific Ocean converges with coastal mountains. This twisting, folding landscape presents myriad climatic, topographical, and geological variations, from the craggy coasts of Big Sur to the fertile hills of Sonoma wine country. Project scale and setting also vary widely. Trainor views rural projects as an opportunity to explore simplicity in harmony with the pure, wild, and historic, while in urban projects, he seeks to create meaningful private spaces that provide sanctuary from everyday chaos. Drawing on these patterns of place, utilizing regionally appropriate plants and materials, and resourceful, sustainable techniques, his designs reveal the inherent poetry in the landscape and celebrate where, how, and why we live.

In this inspirational and educational presentation, Trainor will trace his analysis and design process— highlighting a few favorite plants and water-wise strategies—using projects featured in his newly released monograph, Bernard Trainor: Ground Studio Landscape (Princeton Architectural Press, May 2019). Bernard Trainor is an Australian-born designer who has lived and worked in California since 1995. He is founding principal and design director of Ground Studio Landscapes, based in Monterey. His international body of work has been featured in a wide range of books and publications and received numerous awards.

Advance registration is strongly suggested and space is limited. Includes a boxed lunch. A book sale and signing will be held after the lecture.

Registration $50 Members of the Garden Conservancy $50 Members of The Gardens at Heather Farm $60 Nonmembers

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.


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