Cary Institute: For three years, Chris Woods traveled the world seeking out contemporary gardens and found fifty of the best. With wit and humor, he describes the most arresting features in public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, and the most enviable details of lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants, and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.
Chris is perhaps best known for his work at Chanticleer, the acclaimed, 47-acre "pleasure garden" in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where he was director and chief garden designer for twenty years. Since then, Chris has held top leadership positions at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s Meadowbrook Farm. He has received several major awards, served as a board member and consultant at key nonprofits in the garden world, and written several books. A book sale and signing will be held after the lecture. Advance registration is strongly suggested and space is limited. Free, 2 pm.