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Embracing the regional landscape

  • South Coastal Library 43 Kent Avenue Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Donald Pell

An artist who works with perennial plants, Donald Pell calls his gardens “impressionistic models of regional landscapes.” Understanding the biology of specific plants and how they integrate into any given landscape is the key to programming these gardens. He will discuss how cool- and warm-season plants are selected to stabilize soils and create desirable compositions. The role of ephemeral plants in building desirable seed banks while a garden is evolving will be examined. He will reflect on the successful management of aggressive and thuggish plants in both grand scale and limited budgets. Finally, he will discuss the successes and failures of landscaping projects. 

Donald Pell is the founder and principal landscape designer for Donald Pell Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania. With more than twenty years in the industry, he is known for creating immersive gardens that embrace place and evoke the inherent beauty of the regional landscape. In 1992 he established his own business, which quickly grew from providing landscape maintenance to installing gardens for renowned architecture firms in the Philadelphia Main Line. He has completed a three-year master’s program in landscape business management at the American Nursery and Landscape Association. He writes and lectures on his design inspirations and the use of plants to improve habitat. He is currently focused on growing his design business and developing his studio garden on 14 acres in Northern Chester County, Pennsylvania, as a destination, host educational events, and share his philosophy and passion.

Contacts: Wallace Pill,, or Peggie Ravida,, 301-461-6985


Earlier Event: September 15
Farm dinner sponsorships
Later Event: October 20
Wine dinner at 99 Sea Level