IMA’s Planet Indy: Gestalt Gardening with Felder Rushing

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Planet Indy series is designed to inform and educate Hoosiers about big and little ways that they can make a difference in the world and on the the environment. Thursday, April 22, 2010 the IMA’s Planet Indy series continues with Gestalt Garderning with Felder Rushing, a discussion about revolutionary gardening techniques. This Indianapolis event is made for the Indianapolis community. Change your ways as you mark the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day this week!

In Gestalt Gardening with Felder Rushing, this famous gardener shares his offbeat gardening style, addressing “slow” gardening for cheapskates, alternatives to the oppressive lawn and irreverent approaches to horticulture that are more sustainable. As a tenth generation American gardener, Rushing has developed techniques derived from his pioneer ancestors who settled across the Southeast. Rushing’s overstuffed cottage is a quirky mix of exotic and beautiful plants and folk art. It has been featured many times over in a variety of television programs and magazines, including a cover of Southern Living magazine.

His unique yard features a weather hardy plants, yard art and “people places.” The absence of turf grass is not only noticeable but a celebrate feature of Rushing’s creation. He is the co-author of fifteen gardening books, several of which have earned him national awards. His experience as a former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist had his knowledge in high demand. He has authored thousands of gardening columns in syndicated newspapers across the country.

In addition, his writing has been featured in dozens of national garden magazines including Garden Design, Horticulture Landscape Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and National Geographic. He has even had three full length articles featured in The New York Times. Currently he hosts a call-in garden program on NPR called “The Gestalt Gardener.”

Felder Rushing travels the country, giving lectures about what he has branded “down home” gardening. Believing that too many would be gardeners are intimidated by throngs of “how to” experts, Rushing is dedicated to opening the wonderful world of flora to the common man. Felder believes “We are daunted, not dumb.” His offbeat approach to gardening, humorous anecdotes, garden metaphors, zany observations and beautiful photography, Felder Rushing helps new gardeners move past their garden fears and the “stinkin’ rules” of horticulture.

Don’t miss this Indianapolis culture event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Tobias Theatre. Tickets are $7.00 for Indianapolis people, $4.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and FREE to members of the horticultural society. This Indianapolis event is sponsored by Indy Go Green and WFYI Indianapolis. It is also ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired.

After Gestalt Gardening with Felder Rushing head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. Take your pick of any of dozens of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars located only five minutes from the IMA. Before the lecture, take a stroll through the Gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and marvel at the Oldfields Lilly Mansion. This beautiful garden is an unparalleled Indianapolis attraction.

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IMA’s Planet Indy: Gestalt Gardening With Felder Rushing
Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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