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Garden Surrealism: Color, Contrast, and Structure for a Postmodern World with Kurt Wilkinson

New Virtual Event

Date: Friday February 9, 2024

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm Pacific Time

Presentation featuring Live Chat Forum and Q & A


$15. Pacific Horticulture Members

$25. Non-members (includes event discussion forum access and trial membership)

*Access to the post event video is included with ticket purchase or membership


Kurt Wilkinson, a professional gardener and topiarist in Adelaide, South Australia has gained notoriety for constructing diverse plant mosaics he describes as “garden surrealism for a postmodern gardening world.” With a background in self-taught formal gardening techniques, Wilkinson creates striking gardens of tough and resilient climate selections integrated with highly controlled elements (enter his topiary background).  Requiring plants to be unfussy and waterwise, he will fearlessly prune native plants under artful control. Gardeners and designers in the Pacific region, particularly those with mediterranean character, will find the resulting gardens relevant and freshly vital.

Learning outcomes for this presentation include principals of design and construction, lessons learned on soil management, plant selection, establishment, clipping, and techniques for communicating with clients that take gardens beyond the “conventional.”

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