AE21 A Designer's Eye: Awe Walk Through the Seasonal Landscape with Clara Curtis

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Thursday June 17

10:30 AM  –  12:00 PM


A Designer's Eye: Awe Walk Through the Seasonal Landscape with Clara Curtis

ON SITE* Thursday, June 17; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Instructor: Clara Curtis

$17 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

BREG Elective (1 hour)***


Walking through the gardens with Clara Curtis, the Arboretum's Senior Director of Mission Delivery, is to see plants through the eyes of a designer. In her 26th year of designing seasonal landscape exhibits for TNCA, including the Quilt Garden, Clara determines not only which plants grow well together but how each one complements another so that an overall effect is both instructive and aesthetically pleasing. This year's summer exhibit includes an awe-filled addition of sculptures that are installed in the garden through September 26th as part of Wild Art Sculpture Showcase, curated by the Arboretum's interdepartmental exhibits and interpretation team.


Clara Curtis is the senior director for mission delivery at The North Carolina Arboretum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from N.C. State University. Her designs for the Arboretum’s Quilt Garden, container gardens and seasonal and permanent landscapes are featured for the 26th season and have been featured on UNC-TV and with the Emmy® Award winning Show, “In the Garden with Bryce Lane”, Our State magazine and by the Associated Press. Curtis received the Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association in 2018 for her career achievements.


*Registrants will be sent a reminder email the day prior to class with the meeting location and additional details. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. We encourage all participants to make conscious, courteous decisions based on your own and others' wishes and needs for safety. Mask wearing is supported but not required of participants for experiences in the field.


***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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