This year's theme, "Behind The Garden Gates", challenged Longwood Garden's Professional Gardener Program senior class to consider the garden in an abstract way. Artistically inspired interpretations of a gate and a keyhole, the convergence of man and nature, the legacy of an industrialist and his first endeavor and the dream-like vision of opulence forgotten are the four concepts explored by these eight students.
|"The Gate and the Keyhole"|
Meg and Tim devised a series of vertical pales with holes bored through at various heights, offering the garden visitor a chance to view their lush displays of bromeliads and ornamental grasses with unique perspectives.
Since 2010 Danilo Maffei has teamed with Longwood Gardens' Professional Gardener Program, educating the next generation of world-class horticulturists. The two year curriculum includes three courses on landscape design, which Mr. Maffei teaches over a period of 13 months. Students are challenged to create gardens that fit Longwood's thematic programming and adhere to their exacting standards for display, horticulture and education. Graduates of the program go on to careers in public and private concerns across the country and around the world.
|"Behind the First Garden Gate"|
Alana and Ila delved into the archives to snatch an image of what Longwood's founder, Pierre S. du Pont, might have first created at this world-renowned garden.
Mr. Maffei educates and advises the students as they learn the principles and practices of landscape design, including making a formal presentation to Longwood's Board of Trustees Advisory Committee. The students work within a set budget and must use plants as the dominant feature, using available resources and their own ingenuity to create and maintain individual expressions that endure for six months. The gardens are on display through October 15 and are part of regular admission to Longwood Gardens.
|"Human vs. Nature"|
Greg and Mike created a comparative portrait of nature's influence on modern gardens and man's presence in the wilds.