The New Canaan Nature Center is hosting Gordon Hayward, a garden designer, writer and lecturer, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in a program called "Gardening on Granite: Making a New Hampshire Mountaintop Garden over Twenty Years."

It is the tale of New Canaan residents Teddy and Peter Berg's journey with Hayward and others in creating their own truly extraordinary landscape. The presentation will be followed by tea, sandwiches and cookies and a book signing.

Starting in 1986, Hayward and dry-stone waller Dan Snow collaborated with Theodora Berg on the development of a five-acre garden on Rice Mountain in southern New Hampshire, registered with the Smithsonian Institution since 2011.The central force driving the design of the garden was to evoke the passage of centuries of time, while acknowledging elements from Old and New England.

The one-hour lecture, which includes 80 pairs of images, traces the evolution of making a garden, including four trips to England looking for inspiration and artifacts.

Hayward wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured on a nine-city tour across America. He was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years and a contributing editor at the newly revamped Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of 11 books on garden design, two of which have won national awards. Hayward and his wife, Mary, have been developing a 1.5-acre garden around their 240-year-old farmhouse in southern Vermont for the past 29 year,s as well as a garden outside their cottage in the Cotswold Hills of England. They have led 16 tours for garden clubs to southern England.

The cost $10. For information or to register, visit or call 203-966-9577.

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