Date(s) - Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Toronto Botanical Garden
World-renowned garden director and author Christopher Woods travelled the world for three years, seeking out 50 of the best contemporary gardens. He describes the most arresting features in locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.
After the lecture, Christopher’s most recent book, Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens, will be available for sale and signing.
About Christopher Woods
Chris Woods began training as a gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and continued his learning at several other UK gardens. In 1981 he moved to the USA and was director and chief designer of Chanticleer for many years, transforming it into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens.
He then became vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and, in 2006, was appointed director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. In 2008, he was appointed executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, and in 2012 he spent a short time as director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm.
He has been a member of the board the Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia, and the American Public Gardens Association. He also served on the advisory board of the Flora of North America Project, has consulted for the Gardens Conservancy and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as well as being a member of the horticulture advisory board of Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA.
Chris wrote The Encyclopedia of Perennials in 1992 and GardenLust – A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best Gardens in 2018, and contributed to 1001 Gardens to See Before You Die in 2012 and The Gardener’s Garden in 2014.