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Designing the New Perennial Garden

September 12, 2019 5:30 pm to October 03, 2019 8:30 pm

Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden

This course meets for 4 weeks on Thursdays, September 12 - October 3, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Developments in ecology and environmental science over the last thirty years have revolutionized the way we think of using perennials in gardens and landscapes all over Europe and North America. Whether it’s called “The Dutch Wave”, “The New Perennial Movement”, or “The New American Garden”, innovative gardeners and designers have reinvigorated the use and appreciation of herbaceous plantings worldwide. Instructor Robert Anderson will provide an overview of the major concepts of this movement as well as hands-on experience of practical evaluation and design with herbaceous plants and grasses. We will spend time in the garden taking an in-depth look at plants, lecture time examining concepts and examples, and a design project will be assigned. 

Instructor – Robert Clyde Anderson found his way to the Hudson Valley after a New York City career in illustration and book design. A native of Louisiana, Robert is a lifelong gardener, and has designed and maintained gardens in Columbia County as well as serving as right-hand man for eight years at the former Loomis Creek Nursery in Claverack, NY.  From 2012 to 2017, Robert served as Creative Director for Pondside Nursery in Hudson, NY, where he helped launch the business and was the buyer for perennials, annuals, tropicals and hardgoods. He continues to serve as a client consultant and writes about plants and gardening on his personal blog, Sempervivum, at

BBG Members: $180, Non-Members: $195

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