Dick Turner talks about Art & Architecture in the Garden


Dick Turner is the past editor of California's Pacific Horticulture magazine and some of us were lucky enough to have him as our guide on one of Jo Connor's memorable tours of Californian Gardens.

Dick's topic was: Art & Architecture in the Garden: when flowers are not enough.

Read on to see what the reaction was to this stimulating talk to a large audience.
Over 50 of us were entertained last night by a wonderfully illustrated talk by Richard Turner from California; garden designer, educator, writer, photographer and tour leader. Richard wowed and inspired us with images of everything one can use to add colour, interest and texture to a garden. Richard’s photographs were from the many gardens Richard has designed and/or photographed over the years.



 Richard G Turner Jr is a garden designer, educator, writer, photographer, and tour leader, having studied architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, before escaping to California in order to garden year-round. He has designed private and public gardens in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and California. He taught in UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture for six years and gives occasional lectures throughout the Bay Area on garden design and on the wildflowers of South Africa and Australia. He has served as director of the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show and as director of education for the Strybing Arboretum Society. He was the executive director for The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, the first private garden to be sponsored by The Garden Conservancy. From 1997 to 2012, he was the editor of Pacific Horticulture, one of the country’s top garden magazines. He has traveled extensively to study gardens, plants, and wildlife in North America, Europe, Chile, South Africa, and Australia. He edited Trees of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco, and was the consultant editor for The Nature Company Guide to Natural Gardening, American editor for Botanica and The Ultimate Plant and Garden Book; and a contributing editor to the Sunset Western Landscaping Book. His small, chemical-free San Francisco garden provides habitat for birds, butterflies, snakes, salamanders, and an occasional skunk.