Bernard Trainor: Landprints


Presented by the Garden Conservancy and Flora Grubb Gardens

Internationally renowned landscape designer Bernard Trainor will present a range of his current projects in addition to those featured in the recently published monograph, Landprints: The Landscape Designs of Bernard Trainor, written by Susan Heeger. Bernard will also explore how his inspiration from natural design patterns, plants, and sense of place is interpreted and translated into the modern details of his work, forming a connection between people and the identity of the land. As Bernard describes his methodology, “I spend time observing locations before I begin the creative process. With this information the ultimate goal is to then tap into natural systems and enrich the built landscape in an abstracted way. By observing the fabric that exists, we can then add these layers to the design.”

Raised on the Mornington Peninsula along Australia’s rugged southeastern coast below Melbourne, Bernard developed a lasting awareness and appreciation of native landscapes. Following an apprenticeship in horticulture and design studies, he was awarded a scholarship that allowed him to study in England under the famed plantswoman and garden designer Beth Chatto. Her regionally appropriate approach further developed Bernard’s design philosophy. In the years that followed Bernard completed a diploma of landscape design while studying at the Chelsea Physic Garden. He arrived in Northern California in 1995 and fell in love with the region. Drawing on thirty years of passionate commitment to the study and practice of landscape design, Bernard is the founding principal and design director of Bernard Trainor + Associates, based in Monterey. The studio’s award-winning projects range from town-scaled gardens to extensive rural properties, and have been featured in numerous books and publications, including the New York Times, Vogue Living, and Garden Design.

Date and time
October 3, 2013

5:30 p.m. Check-in and registration
5:45           Wine reception and book signing
6:30           Illustrated lecture

Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124

Please call the Garden Conservancy’s West Coast office at 415.441.4300 if you would like to be put on the waiting list or if you have any questions.

Pre-registration: $25 per person
At the door, if space permits: $30 per person