Garden designer to talk about ‘Great Dixter Way’



BAR HARBOR — Fergus Garrett, internationally acclaimed gardener and lecturer, will give a presentation at College of the Atlantic on Friday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

The lecture, titled “Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way,” will focus on creative ways of combining plants using color, shape, texture, repetition and balance. It is jointly sponsored by the Land & Garden Preserve and College of the Atlantic and is free and open to the public. A reception on the COA campus will follow.

Garrett has held the position of head gardener of The Great Dixter Garden, located in East Sussex, U.K., since 1992. Great Dixter was the home of Christopher Lloyd, renowned gardener and writer who is famous for his continuously changing gardens and adventurous use of new plants and plant combinations. Lloyd founded the Great Dixter Charitable Trust in 2003, and Garrett became head of the trust upon Lloyd’s death in 2006. Garrett, recipient of many horticultural awards, is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through national and international student and volunteer programs at Great Dixter and through the many lectures he gives worldwide.

The Land & Garden Preserve and College of the Atlantic have been committed to preserving historic gardens for many years – at the preserve’s Asticou Azalea and Thuya gardens in Northeast Harbor and at COA gardens designed by Beatrix Farrand and others.

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