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Susan McDaniel Memorial Lecture: Stone Walls & Structures of England & New England

July 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Curtis Gallery

Here in New England we have a unique historical record in the drystone walls and structures that is available to all by simply driving down most roads, or walking through the woods.

This lecture will draw comparisons both similar and dissimilar in geology, building styles and techniques, and follow the development and evolution of stone walls and structures In England and New England from colonial times to the present day, and explain how they fit into the garden and wider landscape past and present.


Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Pighills is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist. He received his formal horticulture training with The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate Yorkshire. Today, Andrew is one of an ever growing number of US-based professional members of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. His stone work has been featured on British and American television, and in Jeffrey Matz’s Midcentury Houses Today, A study of residential modernism in New Canaan Connecticut. He has featured in the NYTimes, Yankee magazine, on Martha Stewart Living radio, and in the Graham Deneen  film short “Dry Stone”, and most recently in the 2017-2018 edition of Southern New England Home Magazine.

The Susan McDaniel Lecture series 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 memorial fund at 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 more than 300 titles, all of which are available for loan at the Library. The McDaniel Fund also sponsors the annual Susan McDaniel Garden Design Lecture Series. Past speakers include Marta McDowell, Gordon Hayward, Nancy Berner, and Susan Lowry.


July 12, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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