Designing a Garden

Book Talk & Signing with Michael Van Valkenburgh

Thursday, October 10, 5:30 - 7 pm
Living Room

Join us for an intimate talk with Michael Van Valkenburgh, designer of the Monk's Garden, who reveals his sketches, models, and the total evolution of the space into the dreamlike, contemplative space we now enjoy. This book also explores the origins of Van Valkenburgh's love of landscape and the plants in his family farm in Upstate New York, and how this has influenced his intuitions as a designer.

Remarks begin at 6 PM. A book signing will follow.

Designing a Garden

Can't make it to the book signing? Order your copy today and immerse yourself in Michael Van Valkenburgh's notes on the conception and execution of the Monk's Garden, the intimate walled site immediately adjacent to the Museum. A small-scale, dreamlike woodland, the garden is composed of a detail-rich palette of colors, winding paths, and black brick that invite a gentle pace and contemplation.

Image at top: Nic Lehoux Photography


Please RSVP by sending an email to Space is limited, so advance RSVP is required.

Landscape and Horticulture public programs are supported by the Barbara E. Millen and Markley H. Boyer Endowment Fund. These programs also are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.