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Felder Rushing coming to Living Sculpture Conference

Update: 7/14/2009. From Marcia Eames-Sheavly: Join us at noon on Wednesday, July 22 on the patio adjacent to Kennedy Hall where Felder will give an impromptu presentation from his truck. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Felder RushingAuthor, radio host and garden maverick Felder Rushing is coming to the Living Sculpture Conference July 22, sponsored by Cornell’s Garden-Based Learning Program.

The former Mississippi State University Extension turf specialist — who ironically has no lawn in his eye-catching yard — will be driving his pick-up truck garden up from the deep south, too — complete with pink flamingos and bottle trees. (Image below.)

In addition to being a conference participant, Felder will park his pick-up somewhere near the Ag Quad (details to come) around noon on the 22nd for a short, impromptu talk that’s open to the public, focusing on his “slow, easy, cheap and green” approach to gardening.

That evening, Living Sculpture Conference participants and attendees of the New York State Master Gardener Conference will be treated to a presentation by Felder on Yard Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Unbelievable. (View some examples from Felder’s front yard.)

On the evening of the 23rd, he’ll reprise his pick-up truck talk in downtown Ithaca. Downtown Ithaca event canceled.

Sod cowThe Living Sculpture Conference will feature an opening keynote will be by Dr. Frank Rossi, Extension Turfgrass Specialist and Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science at Cornell University, who will speak on The Thrill of the Grass: Engaging Earth’s Canvas. Hands-on workshops the rest of the day include:

  • Build Sod Sculptures
  • Fantastic Patterns in the Lawn
  • Veggie Art
  • Woven Branch Art
  • Build a tree sculpture
  • Table Top Herbal Topiary
  • A Momentary Glimpse: Creating Ephemeral Earth Art
  • A “Can Do” Attitude!
  • Creating larger scale earth art
  • How to capture it! A documentation workshop

To register, visit the Living Sculpture Conference

Felder Rushing's pickup truck garden, courtesy Karen at Rurality.

Felder Rushing’s pickup truck garden, courtesy Karen at Rurality.

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