- 17 Mar 2017 - 10:00 am
March 17, 2017
Social & Refreshments: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
PROGRAM: Vegetable Gardening
by Aaron Bertelsen
Aaron Bertelsen’s love of gardening dates back to his childhood, when he would work with his grandfather in his vegetable garden back in New Zealand. He studied Social Anthropology at the University of Otago before coming to England in 1996 to volunteer in the garden at Great Dixter. He subsequently studied for a Diploma In Horticulture at Kew and spent two years at Jerusalem Botanic Garden, where he is still a trustee.
He returned to Great Dixter in 2005, and has been there ever since. His role has evolved to focus on the vegetable garden; as house manager, he also is in charge of the kitchen, cooking for study days and symposia, and for guests and visitors to the house. He even sells vegetables from the front porch.
Mr. Bertelsen’s first book, on growing and cooking vegetables will be published by Phaidon in the spring of 2017. A sought-out speaker, he is regularly invited to lecture on gardening at events worldwide.
- 21 Apr 2017 - 10:00 am
April 21, 2017
Social & Refreshments 10:00 am – 10:30 am
PROGRAM: Context and Continuity in the Japanese Garden
by Patrick Chassé
Patrick Chassé is an educator, landscape architect, ecologist, writer, and landscape historian. He is Maine born and bred, and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, after a B.S. in biology, graduate studies in botany, and a MEd in environmental education from the University of Maine.
Gardens in Japan have roots in nature and early agrarian landscapes. The indigenous Shinto designation of spirit places and kami set an ancient context template for interpreting the natural world. The later introduction of Buddhist and Chinese ideas and imagery in the Nara and Heian periods fostered the first gardens recognized as antecedents of the Japanese garden traditions we know today. This lecture will present a sample of gardens, from the 8th century to the 20th century to illustrate the influences of cultural evolution on the history and form of the Japanese garden.
Mr. Chassé maintains an active design practice, specializing in historic landscapes, reconstruction of natural plant communities, and design of new gardens, from Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to Istanbul. He lectures at garden clubs, botanical gardens, cultural institutions, and symposia across the country and abroad.