“It’s a partnership with nature,” says Larry Weaner, principal of his eponymous firm, about his approach to garden design. For more than four decades, his firm has been walking “the line between fine gardening and ecological restoration.” He considers the natural habitats of plants for his designs, sticking to a palette of mostly native varieties. “The idea is to replicate or adapt what’s going on in nature,” he says. “And then letting nature express itself and enjoy the surprises it brings.”
For this suburban garden in Huntingdon Valley, PA, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Weaner transformed a landscape that was mostly lawn into a native plant wonderland, equipped with a managed woodland, meadow, and bog garden. He designed more formal elements closer to the house that gradually grew wilder the farther one moves away. Growing plants native to their region supports biodiversity, he points out. “You don’t need to grow a special pollinator garden,” says Weaner. “The entire landscape is one.”
Weaner relishes the interactive experience that results when you don’t try to dominate nature but allow it to flourish. “The landscape is dynamic. There’s always an element of surprise because you won’t find the same thing every year or experience the same sequence all the time. And as a result, you become more engaged because there’s always something new and exciting awaiting you.”
Weaner takes us on a tour of this garden.
Photography by Larry Weaner.
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Frequently asked questions
Who is Larry Weaner?
Larry Weaner is a renowned landscape designer and native plant expert.
What is a garden visit?
A garden visit is an opportunity to explore and experience a specific garden, in this case Larry Weaner's native plant garden.
Where can I find Larry Weaner's garden?
Larry Weaner's garden is located at a specific address which can be found in the article on https://www.gardenista.com/posts/garden-visit-larry-weaner-native-plants/.
What are native plants?
Native plants are plants that naturally occur in a specific region or ecosystem, and have evolved to thrive in that particular environment without human intervention.
Why should I choose native plants for my garden?
Choosing native plants for your garden can benefit the local ecosystem by providing food and habitat for native wildlife, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers, and conserving water.
Can I visit Larry Weaner's garden without an appointment?
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What can I expect to see in Larry Weaner's garden?
Larry Weaner's garden showcases a variety of native plants, designed to create a harmonious and ecologically-focused landscape.
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