Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the New York Botanical Garden, will present "Gardening with Nature: Forest Restoration and Native Plant Gardening" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road.
The event is co-sponsored by the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.
Forrest will describe how the New York Botanical Garden's approach to stewardship of the forest has evolved from a policy of "let alone" to active restoration and will discuss the ecological, educational and research goals of the ongoing management program.
Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the garden's 250-acre site, its glasshouses and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners and community horticulturists.
Forrest has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the garden's landscape, conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.
For information, call 203-655-1234 or visit darienlibrary.org.