We all know a beautiful garden when we see one. But there's more to those gardens than meets the eye. They can represent artistic expression, provocative personal statements, and profound connections between the human arts and the natural sciences. Three guest speakers will open your eyes to what you've been missing in nature at the Rochester Civic Garden Center Symposium on Saturday, March 9, at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.).
Nationally renowned garden designer W. Gary Smith will give two lectures based on his newest book, "From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design." He will discuss the shared patterns in the arts and sciences and how to design elaborate gardens while remaining environmentally conscious. Pietro Furgiuele will offer a lecture on unusual and provocative garden designs, titled "The CONCEPT Garden — Where Amazing Garden Concepts Sprout." Finally, Mark Bayer of Bayer Landscape Architecture in Honeoye Falls will present a slideshow of the MAG's new 2013 Centennial Sculpture Park.
The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $58 for the public and $48 for MAG members, and allow all-day access to the gallery. For tickets and more information, visit rcgc.org or call 473-5130.