Painting with Plants


Award winning garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw presents the next in the Talking Cities lectures on landscape architecture at the MAC, Cannon Hill Park.

‘Painting with Plants’ explains and describes the habits and aesthetic rewards of working with some of Chris’ favourite planting palettes. Weaving in concepts of sustainability, he explores with examples of his recent work, how to create rich tapestries of planting for a succession of flowers and interest over the seasons.

Chris Beardshaw’s talk is one of a series of 13 lectures, entitled The Art of Design: Materiality and Ideas which are taking place over the coming weeks at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Birmingham City University. Lectures are free to attend and are open to the public.

Birmingham School of Architecture is hosting the lectures in association with MADE, the architecture centre for the West Midlands. The lectures are being presented by internationally renowned speakers from universities and architectural practices such as Harvard University and RMIT Melbourne.

The aim of the series is to move debate from using technology merely as tools, to using technology as a method of expressing ideas to create elegant designs.

Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University, said: “This series of lectures offers a fantastic opportunity for people to consider an alternative way of thinking about their use of technology, in a way that will shape the quality of experience.”

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