"DARREL MORRISON"

DESIGNING IN THE PRAIRIE SPIRIT

DESIGNING IN THE PRAIRIE SPIRIT

Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is one of the initial advocates for the use of native vegetation, processes in landscape design.

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WHAT SHOULD I PLANT?

WHAT SHOULD I PLANT?

Within the last ten years the argument for planting natives over exotics has become heated.  As exclaimed by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, in their new text "Planting in a Post-Wild World", "the recent rally around native plants bears a bit of irony.  The belated discovery of the virtues of native plants comes at the moment of their definitive decline in the wild.

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STORM KING

Went up to Storm King on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to see this landscape at the height of autumn color. My true desire though was to tag along on a tour of Darrel Morrison's majestic designs of native grasses. Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a longtime advocate of the use of native vegetation in landscape design and restoration work. He taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Wisconsin for 14 years where his emphasis was on native plants, native plant communities, and landscape restoration. Subsequently, he taught in the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia where he served as Dean and professor emiritus from 1983 to 1992. Currently, he is a professor at Columbia in the Graduate Landscape Design program and maintains his own practice consulting and designing landscapes for some very high profile clients . I am very fortunate and blessed to have studied under him at Columbia.
Following are some images of Darrel's luxurious swaths of grasses and a few other artists work...

Foreground is Sorghastrum nutans (Indian grass)


Swath on near left is Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem w. Partridge pea + few other species mix); swath on far right is Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
Close-up of Panicum virgatum seed heads


A simple, yet elegant path...







Maya Lin's wave installation (which Darrel Morrison consulted on)

Andy Goldsworthy's stone wall