Growing Landscapes: Propagation Materials and Practices
Constructing landscapes involves the establishment of diverse plant communities over extensive surfaces, often on an accelerated time scale. This process requires an intimate understanding of how biophysical processes can be translated into repeatable propagation practices, whereby different plant species can be grown in a controlled setting, absent of the mutualistic relationships that foster germination in native habitats.
This exhibition explores this process in a twofold manner. First, live specimens will introduce a range of typical techniques and materials for propagating plants in large quantities. From seeds to grafts, cuttings to bare roots, the specimens illustrate how landscapes often begin. Second, a selection of seminal projects, undertaken by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Research and Ecological Design team, will demonstrate how these practices address the complex demands confronting the contemporary landscape.
Jason Sowell, Michelle Bright, Kara Holekamp, and Matt Wagoner
This exhibition is made possible by the generous contributions of the following:
Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery (bare root plant material)
Native American Seed (seed mixes)
Profile Products (Proganics and Flexterra soil media)
North Creek Nursery (plug plant material)