Explore the ways in which gardens, farms and open space are helping to foster a sense of place, vibrant local economies, and healthier environments. Join John Forti, founding director of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, for an illustrated talk that celebrates the role of gardens in fostering communities (plant, animal and human) that preserve habitat and important intersections for outdoor, place-based learning and kinship with the natural environments of New Hampshire.
John Forti is a garden historian and ethnobotanist who has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Bedrock Gardens. As a Slow Food USA Governor and biodiversity specialist, his preservation work has helped to restore countless native and heirloom plants and has brought traditional artisanal practices to modern thinking. He has won numerous awards for historic garden preservation, children’s garden design, herbal and historical education and the 2020 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. His new book “The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World” will be out this spring through Timber Press. Pre-order here.
Bedrock Gardens is an emerging public garden that integrates unusual botanical specimens and unique sculpture into an inspiring landscape journey. This 37-acre site is transitioning from a historic farm and private garden to a public oasis of art, horticulture and inspiration.
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Interview conducted in May 2020
Hours: GSAs will receive educational hours for attending.
Uniform: Please treat this as a virtual tour, and please wear your GSA shirts.