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Designing the New Perennial Garden

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 5:30pm to Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:30pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Developments in ecology and environmental science over the last few decades have

revolutionized the way we think of using perennials in gardens and landscapes all over Europeand 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. This workshop will provide an overview of the major concepts of this movement as well as hands-on experience in practical evaluation and design with herbaceous plants and grasses. The class will include an ungraded final design project that will give students the opportunity to experiment with the ideas and plant palettes presented in the illustrated lectures and class discussions.


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 hard goods. He continues to serve as a client consultant and writes about plants and gardening on his personal blog, Sempervivum, at

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