City dwellers looking to achieve an elegant garden can find some inspiration in the form of renowned landscape architect Mario Nievera, who will discuss his design work next week at Cherokee Garden Library in Buckhead.
“While our work [at Nievera Williams Design] is known to cater to high-end clients, most of our ideas translate somehow to the everyday garden aficionado and novice garden designer,” he said of his Palm Beach-based company with an office in New York.
While Nievera said budget, scale and the surrounding environment play a big role in the quality of a landscape, even the least-experienced gardener can build a backyard oasis with a little bit of creativity.
“Some of the most commonly used materials appear time and time again in our firm’s work,” he said. “It’s a matter of how to use the material in unique ways that makes a difference in a special garden.”
Former library president Louise Gunn said she wanted to make Nievera part of the speaker series so he can impart his design know-how as presented in his first book, “Forever Green: A Landscape Architect’s Innovative Gardens Offer Environments to Love and Delight,” which will be for sale at the event.
“He’s done wonderful gardens for large estates and different public institutions, but he’s also giving practical knowledge as to how to accomplish some of the things he’s talking about in his book,” Gunn said.
Margaret Chambers, who is co-chairing the event with Jane Douglas Reynolds, said while Nievera’s designs are both thoughtful and genius, he is also quite witty and may even share some stories about his over-the-top clients during the lecture, followed by a book signing and reception.
“It’s just great that he loves what he does and is very passionate about bringing beauty to his projects,” Chambers said.
If you go:
What: Cherokee Garden Lecture Series: An Evening with Mario Nievera
When: Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cherokee Garden Library, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead