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Gardens and Tonic: The Unbiased Eye: Success and Failure in the Garden

November 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Take a journey through the studio gardens of award-winning designer Donald Pell as he focuses an unbiased eye on what is and is not working in the novel plant communities he creates. Not all plants “play nice,” which can challenge the integrity of garden designs, forcing the gardener to make revisions as a horticulturist and artist to keep plants in check. Don will share his approach to editing the landscape, and highlight his more successful planting compositions, those that need a stricter hand, and those that didn’t go quite as planned.

For over 25 years, Donald Pell has been reshaping landscapes throughout the Eastern United States by juxtaposing what we know with the unexpected, to create an endless wonder of visual possibility. With a focus on adventurous, immersive placemaking, his naturalistic designs magnify beauty through the masterful connections between stunning plants, hardscape, and sculptural features.

Donald Pell’s landscapes have won top design awards from the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and, most recently, a Silver Medal in his first-ever appearance at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Situated on a 14-acre farm in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Don’s studio garden has become a frequent destination for naturalistic garden design enthusiasts and horticultural education groups.

Gardens and Tonic is a series of virtual webinars with horticulture professionals. Grab your favorite beverage and join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional for plant-related topics, adventures, and stories – as well as design-focused talks on private and public gardens. Time will be set aside to answer your questions. Registration is free but required. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. The webinar link will be included in the confirmation email received after registering online.


Help keep these virtual programs free! If you would like to help fund the G&T series, we invite you to donate online or with a check for your desired amount to: the Associates of the Scott Arboretum with a note on the memo line “For virtual G&T series.” Thank you!


November 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Virtual Webinar