Susan McDaniel Memorial Lecture Series Presents Gordon Hayward

Category: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Stone furnishes the framework, the structure, and the sense of permanence that transforms gardens. Whether in the form of retaining or free-standing walls, terraces or walkways, as bold standing stones or as boulders at the edge of a small stream, stone lends a garden focus, providing the perfect foil to plants. In this slide-illustrated lecture that grew out of his book Stone in the Garden (WW Norton, New York, 2001), Gordon Hayward will talk about the many creative as well as practical roles stones can play to give a garden a feeling of timelessness, structure, and solidity. He will cover both the aesthetics of stone, as well as the practical concerns about the proper way to lay and set stone in the garden. Some of the topics he will address include stone underfoot, standing stones, walls, stone garden ornaments and their placement as well as the interaction of stone and water.  His book, which Verlyn Klinkenborg in The New York  Times called "the best book on stonework to come along in many years," will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Gordon Hayward is a nationally recognized garden designer, writer and lecturer based in southern Vermont. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on nine multi-city lecture tours across America. He was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years and is now a contributing editor at the newly revamped Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of eleven books on garden design, two of which have won national awards. Hayward and his wife Mary have been developing a 1 1/2 acre garden around their 220 year old farmhouse in southern Vermont for the past twenty-six years as well as a garden outside their cottage in the Cotswold Hills of England, Mary’s origin where Mary is from. They have lead 16 tours for garden clubs to southern England.  His website is

This lecture is presented in memory of Susan McDaniel, a New Canaan resident, landscape architect and lifelong gardener, who passed away in 2000.  Her family and friends established a fund in her memory at the New Canaan Library to develop a collection of books and other materials on the subject of landscape architecture and garden design.  The collection has grown to include more than 350 titles, all of which are available for loan at the Library.  To see a list of the McDaniel titles, please enter Susan McDaniel as a keyword search in the Library’s catalog at  The McDaniel Fund also sponsors the annual Susan McDaniel Garden Design Lecture Series.

“Stone in the Garden”is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  For more information, please phone the Reference Desk at 203-594-5003 or check the Library’s website at