Speaker - Bernard Trainor

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Bernard arrived in Northern California in 1995 and soon after fell in love with this land.

Originally he was raised on the Mornington Peninsula along Australia's rugged South Eastern Coast below Melbourne. Here he developed a lasting awareness and appreciation of the native landscape that led to horticulture and design studies. Following his apprenticeship he was awarded a scholarship that allowed him to move to England and study under the famed plantswoman and garden designer, Beth Chatto. Her regionally appropriate planting design further developed Bernard's design philosophy and the direction of the designed landscapes that followed. Her influence was significant. In the years that followed Bernard then completed a Diploma of Landscape Design while studying at the at Chelsea Physic Garden.

Drawing on thirty years of passionate commitment to the study + practice of landscape design, Bernard is the founding principal and design director of Bernard Trainor + Associates.

He is involved with his collaborative studio team on every landscape project, from conception to completion. The studio's award winning projects, range from town-scaled gardens to extensive rural properties, have been featured in a wide range of books and publications throughout the world including the New York Times, Vogue Living, Garden Design, and more recently a monograph solely devoted to the firms work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press.

In practice the geographical diversity of his educational and work experiences cultivated a deep appreciation for California’s unique regional qualities and culture. “Whilst traveling I soon discovered my favorite art, architecture and landscapes are deeply connected to the place from which they have ‘grown.’”

This simple observation and a keen awareness of the regional context informs every design project.

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Landscaping the Classic Architecture of California

06.21.13 | 00:25:32 min | 0 comments