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I have a simple mission: creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world.
Recently completed projects include The Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The John C. Wister Rhododendron Garden at Tyler Arboretum, and Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Projects that are currently in design or construction are The Woodland Garden Revival at the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, The Ojos y Manos Children’s Garden at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and a new master plan for the Toronto Botanical Garden.
W. Gary Smith lectures frequently at horticultural societies, public gardens, and professional conferences. As part of his efforts in encouraging landscape architects to focus more on plants and horticulture, he serves on the ASLA Education Advisory Committee, and developed the Planting Design Professional Practice Network for the ASLA. Formerly an Associate Professor of Landscape Design and Construction at the University of Delaware, Smith has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. During the spring term of 2012, Smith was the Nadine Carter Russell Chair in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.
In addition to receiving numerous project awards over recent years from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, W. Gary Smith received the prestigious Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society. His book, From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, received an AHS Garden Book Award. Smith was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013.