Tychonievich gives discussion on rock gardening

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Joseph Tychonievich spoke at Fellows Riverside Garden Sept. 20 about rock gardening. Tychonievich wrote a book on the subject that was published in 2016.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Joseph Tychonievich spoke about rock gardening at Fellows Riverside Garden on Sept. 20 as part of the John S. and Doris M. Andrews memorial lecture series.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.A group of more than 50 people gathered to listen to Joseph Tychonievich speak on rock gardening at Fellows Riverside Garden.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Joseph Tychonievich spoke to those gathered at Fellows Riverside Garden Sept. 20 about rock gardening and the plants that work best for it.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Joseph Tychonievich gave a lecture on rock gardening at Fellows Riverside Garden on Sept. 20 as part of the John S. and Doris M. Andrews memorial lecture series.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

On Sept. 20, Fellows Riverside Garden hosted a lecture on rock gardening.

Speaker Joseph Tychonievich gave the lecture, based on his book “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style.”

The lecture was sponsored by the annual John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial lecture series.

“Rock gardening is a style of gardening that is inspired by what you might see on the top of a mountain,” Tychonievich said.

He explained that its a great form of gardening for people without a lot of space.

“It’s using rocks and small plants to recreate mountain scapes,” Tychonievich said, “Its also great for if you have a steep rocky slope it’s a way to sort of work with the conditions you have.”

During the lecture Tychonievich discussed how to re-think the rock gardening style.

He talked about different plants that work best for rock gardening, and how those plants are vastly under used in regular gardening.

“A lot of these plants are too small to be used for other gardens,” Tychonievich said. “Which is what makes rock gardening cool.”

He said that rock gardening is a form that has been around for a long time, but each generation has had a different take on it.

Tychonievich received his degree in horticulture from Ohio State University. He said that he travels giving lectures on different gardening topics and works with the North American Rock Gardening society, editing the quarterly journal.

“I have been into gardening since I was a little kid,” Tychonievich said.

He said that if anyone were interested in learning more about rock gardening to visit the North American Rock Gardening societies web site at www.NARGS.org.

“Its a great piece for people who are interested in learning more,” Tychonievich said.

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