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Cultivating Place: Elevated – Gardens Of The High Line, With Landscape Designer Rick Darke

What do we mean when we use the word “wild” and why does it matter? In 2017, the New York City urban landscape commonly known as The High Line celebrates its official 5th birthday. This milestone is being marked by the publication of a new book entitled "Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes" (Timber Press, 2017), coauthored by plantsmen Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke, with graphic design by Lorraine Ferguson. Oudolf is the renowned plantsman responsible for overseeing the planting design and plant choices, and Rick Darke has documented and collaborated on the project since its inception.

"Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes" reflects decades of dedication to viewing gardens through the lenses of cultural geography and social anthropology. The specific garden design and plant choices of these now famed and highly visited gardens is of global interest and a primary focus of the new book. But the philosophy and design ethos underpinning the layered meaning in the book’s subtitle: elevating the nature of modern landscapes - is absolutely as compelling. Author, photographer, philosopher, and landscape ethicist Rick Darke joins Cultivating Place via skype this week to discuss both aspects of the High Line in greater depth. Join us!

Originally aired 5/25/17

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.