David Kamp - Gardens for Everyone

MHG Meetings

Sponsored By: Metro Hort Group

Gardens for Everyone

To create a more inclusive garden experience, public gardens seek opportunities to address the needs of individuals with special needs. While such opportunities may include programmed activities, such as horticultural therapy, the focus is often on the general garden experience. When designers turn their attention to special needs populations, there is a temptation to focus on particular, often restrictive, aspects of the project rather than explore the expanse of possible experience. David will discuss the challenge of how to accommodate special needs populations as well as the needs of all visitors in a context that enhances everyone’s enjoyment of the garden.

David Kamp, is the founding principal of Dirtworks, PC and has over 30 years experience in the private and public sectors. He is a Fellow at the Mac Dowell Colony, a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard, and a contributor to the “Green Guide for Healthcare Construction.” He teaches at the University of Virginia and is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and conferences across the United States and Europe.