Renowned landscape architect to speak in Ellsworth Aug. 20

ELLSWORTH — On Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Moore Community Center, the Ellsworth Garden Club, in support of the Ellsworth green planning process, will host a talk on “Planting in a Post-Wild World” by internationally recognized landscape architect Thomas Rainer. Based in Washington, D.C., Rainer works at the intersection of ecology, horticulture and design.

As a landscape architect, his work has included everything from small-scale residential properties to expansive estates and large-scale green infrastructure design and implementation in major cities such as Washington, D.C., and New York City. As an author and educator, Rainer advocates for not only the use of native plants but also planting and design techniques that are informed by the study of and attention to natural landscapes. In his most recent book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World” (co-authored with Claudia West), he calls for “grounded design” employing “planting solutions that are resilient, ecologically functional and beautiful. Our goal is not merely to create more functional landscapes, but to make people see again, to make them remember … It is not the plants themselves that have power; it is their patterns, textures and colors — particularly those that evoke wildness — that become animated as light and life pass through them.”

Rainer is coming to Ellsworth to serve as a consultant for the green planning process that is under way in the city. His visit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Community Building Program of the Maine Community Foundation. He will be introduced by Heather McCargo, executive director of the Wild Seed Project.

This event is open to the public free of charge and there will be a question-and-answer session to follow with opportunities for discussion of how Rainer’s approach can be applied in Ellsworth and other Downeast communities. For more information, go to and/or contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878 or [email protected]

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