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Peter Walker, Co-designer of the National September 11 Memorial, to speak at Botanic Garden

Sculpture garden by Peter Walker. Photo: Timothy Hursley. © PWP Landscape Architecture

Sculpture garden by Peter Walker. Photo: Timothy Hursley. © PWP Landscape Architecture

The renowned landscape architect Peter Walker, who co-designed the National September 11 Memorial, will speak at the Chicago Botanic Garden June 28. His presentation is the keynote address of “Trees as a Legacy in Design & Development,” a symposium presented by the Garden and Bartlett Tree Experts. The public is invited.

For his talk, “Toward a Legacy of Trees,” Mr. Walker will use examples of high-profile designs, including the September 11 Memorial, to demonstrate the power and complexity of leaving a legacy of trees in the built environment.

Mr. Walker is senior partner of PWP Landscape Architecture, in Berkeley, CA. He has had significant influence on the field of landscape architecture over a five-decade career, with work that spans the globe. His projects range from small gardens to new cities, from urban plazas to corporate headquarters and academic campuses.

The event includes additional presentations on a range of topics related to trees in design:

• “The Role of Trees in Chicago’s Great Historic Parks,” presented by Julia S. Bachrach, historian and preservationist at the Chicago Park District;

• “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, But … The Retail Benefits of Trees,” presented by Kathleen Wolf, research social scientist at the University of Washington;

• “Aliens in Our Midst: Non-Native Insects and Plants, and the Sustainability of Urban Forests,” by entomologist Michael Raupp, frequently interviewed on Good Morning America and National Public Radio;

• Overcoming the Challenges of Urban Soils,” by Kelby Fite, tree researcher with Bartlett Tree Experts.

The daylong event includes tours of the Chicago Botanic Garden to learn about the different display gardens there, a private reception and a musical performance of Pamela Rose and Windy City Country as part of the Garden’s Hot Summer Nights program.

A day of fresh ideas. A day of new connections. A day at the Garden.

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