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Patrick Cullina talks about New York’s High Line and the Shaping of Cities

(Toronto, September) Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is proud to present Patrick Cullina, past vice-president of horticulture and operations for New York City’s High Line, in the first talk of the fall season of TBG’s esteemed Edwards Lecture series on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

Cullina’s lecture, Shaping Cities and Communities with Dynamic Landscapes, will focus on one of the most- admired new public parks today — The High Line in New York City. Completed just this year, and designed by the team of James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture firm, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, it is a 1.45 mile park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, which was in operation from 1934 to 1980. The Park runs from the former freight yard on 34th Street, through the neighbourhood of Chelsea to Gansevoort Street. The High Line contains special features, including a water feature, viewing platforms, a sundeck, and gathering areas to be used for performances, art exhibitions and educational programs.

The High Line’s plantings were designed by celebrated Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf, who is well known for his natural planting style. Oudolf also designed the Entry Garden Walk of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

As a horticulturist and designer, Cullina will discuss the process for adapting the High Line Park and other natural areas that demonstrate nature’s power to transform the places where we live, work, and gather.

This talk is generously supported by the Edwards Charitable Foundation. Edwards Lectures are held in the TBG’s Floral Hall at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission: Public: $20/Students $15/TBG members FREE. Door sales only.

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) encourages, stimulates and teaches countless adults and children with its innovative, urban-scale garden plantings, nature-centred educational programs and environmentally-friendly practices. We look beyond our borders to create strategic alliances that support our mission, extend our reach and strengthen our influence within the community.

For more information please call:
Carrie Shibinsky, Director of Marketing & Communications
media@torontobotanicalgarden.ca
416-397-1351

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