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Wildflower Meadows

Gardening with Nature

Sustainability—it is a catch phrase present in so many discussions of how we treat the Earth. From harvesting trees, to growing food products, to the way we handle our water and soil, the focus is on a cooperative relationship with nature.

Gardener and native plant enthusiast Douglas Thomas of Salisbury will discuss the process of planting sustainable wildflower meadows when she speaks Sunday, April 10th, at 3PM at the Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Route 44, Millbrook NY.

Thomas will introduce guests to the changing seasons at Twin Maples, her spectacular garden in Salisbury, and describe how Twin Maples flows smoothly from architecture to nature, from formal garden to field, with extraordinary views of the Litchfield Hills beyond.

Douglas and her late husband, Wilmer Thomas, purchased the property in 1996, building a Georgian-style house and guest cottage. They created formal gardens near the house with landscape architect Rodney Robinson and horticulturist Deborah Munson, a woodland garden with Munson and a 40-acre wildflower meadow with native plantsman Larry Weaner.

Thomas and Munson will lead a tour of the property at a Digging Deeper event for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program on July 30th.

Twin Maples has been featured in numerous publications and was documented by the Millbrook Garden Club for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. In 2011, Douglas Thomas received the Place Maker Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies for “creating a landscape of extraordinary environmental sensitivity and beauty.”

Registration for the April 10th presentation is $10 for members of the Garden Conservancy, Innisfree Garden or the Cary Institute and $15 for non-members. For more information, e-mail Innisfree Garden at or call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days at 845-424-6502.