March 7, 2019

 The Wild Garden Designed

— 90 min lecture with Q&A —

Ecological Landscape Alliance 25th Annual Conference. We’ll look at the regional and cultural landscapes that inform how Donald Pell thinks about composing beautiful plantings. Space, better realized with native and cosmopolitan plants can bring us a dynamic life experience achieved by developing an understanding of their adaptive strategies and how we help bring about thriving plant communities.

April 16–May 7, 2018

 The Wild Garden Designed

— Berula Room, Longwood Gardens —

The notion of a wild garden carries an array of interpretations and emotions. These gardens can be beautiful, romantic places worthy of study and exploration. Creating such places requires understanding their state of succession and the cultural landscape in which they belong. Utilize an understanding of individual plant morphology to create a thriving landscape. Looking at cultural, spontaneous, regional, and designed landscapes can help us learn how we might consider programming a garden for beauty and success.

September 24, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm

 Embracing the Regional Landscape

— South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue Bethany Beach, DE —

An artist who works with perennial plants, Donald Pell calls his gardens “impressionistic models of regional landscapes.” Understanding the biology of specific plants and how they integrate into any given landscape is the key to programming these gardens. He will discuss how cool- and warm-season plants are selected to stabilize soils and create desirable compositions.

February 24, 2016

Outside Lies Magic: Gardens Inspired By A Romantic Landscape

— Main Line School Night’s Creutzburg Center —

We’ll look at images that inspire garden designer Donald Pell in his search for places and moments that awaken a visceral experience, and inform us how we might actually go about building a garden that allows for this. We’ll discuss programs to develop thriving and sustainable gardens and look at remarkable plants that are functional and beautiful.