Lecture: Raymond Plays Well with Plants

March 23rd, 2012

Louis Raymond of Renaissance Gardening poses this existential question: “After so many years of creating gardens for clients, what garden do I create for myself?” He will provide the answer at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the Essex Town Hall.

His illustrated (and animated) presentation – “Plays Well with Plants: A Gardener’s Garden of a Lifetime, Fifteen Years & Counting” – is the fourth in this year’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, one of many programs presented by the Essex Library. Please call the Essex Library (860) 767-1560 to register.

Raymond is a garden and landscape designer with clients nationwide; his own riotous garden in Hopkinton, Rhode Island will be the subject of an upcoming book. His exuberant designs have been widely published, including in House & Garden Magazine (on the cover), Metropolitan Home, and Design New England. In “Plays Well with Plants,” he’ll talk candidly about his garden’s successes and failures, and how his design philosophy has guided its creation. Overall, he is pleased with the fruits of his own labor: “So far, so good: The red borders actually do look red, sometimes triumphantly. The Belgian fence – of beeches, not fruit trees – is filling out its frame. Two of the pergolas are built and largely canopied. The double-ball topiary of hardy orange is the biggest and baddest on the continent. The Southern magnolias, so rare this far north, are almost as high as the roof.”

Raymond has been gardening for over 50 years, ever since, as a pre-schooler, he “borrowed” a number of geraniums from public gardens across the street from the family home. While he has always had a fondness for plants and gardening, Raymond took the scenic route to his current vocation. By the time he was 25, he had already earned baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, piano, and voice – and still found time for a couple of years of medical school along the way – before launching successful careers as an opera singer and a freelance writer. By 30, he had retired from both to take up the trowel fulltime.

For more information on Louis Raymond, visit www.RGardening.com or www.LouisThePlantGeek.com.