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Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

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About the speaker

Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher and author who lives in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as principal of the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio in Washington, DC, with Claudia West and Melissa Rainer. A leading voice in ecological landscape design, he has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida.

Rainer’s recent work focuses on the artful interpretation of wild plant communities into designed plantings that thrive in the context of towns and cities. He teaches planting design at George Washington University and is the co-author with West of Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015), which was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 2016 books of the year. He is a celebrated public speaker and has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and Architectural Digest.

Rainer holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He previously worked for Oehme, van Sweden and Associates. He has a broad range of experience in project types ranging from intimate residential gardens to expansive estates, rooftop gardens, botanical gardens, civic spaces, large-scale ecological restorations, and national memorials.

Lecture and reception

Hosted by the Department of Landscape Architecture, Rainer’s lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.


April 5
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
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