Creating and Caring for Perennial Plant Communities
Thursday, August 16 | 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. By using a selection of regionally dependable perennials and native plants, endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each relating to time and cost to maintain. He will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.
Roy is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm located in Burlington, Wisconsin. He has been growing traditional and native perennials since 1978. His garden designs emphasize plant relationships to maintenance strategies and costs. Roy’s design and planting projects include the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium. His book ‘The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden’ highlights his perennial gardening practice.