“Plant-forms and plant colors are as expressive as the canvas work of the painter. In some respects they are more expressive, since they are things themselves, with individuality and life, not the suggestions of things.”
Liberty H. Bailey, Cyclopedia of Horticulture
The horticultural features that surround us everyday are living reminders of our country’s heritage. These formal and vernacular trees and plantings are associated with historically important people and events that have shaped the development of communities and cultures. They stand as living witnesses to our country’s past and have the potential to bear witness to coming generations. For this, these natural elements command the same awe and admiration that our culture bequeaths upon brilliant artists, poets, and scholars.
In order to honor and help preserve our country’s horticultural heritage, the 2007 Landslide theme: Heroes of Horticulture seeks to highlight significant horticultural features that have stood steadfast in the face of almost insurmountable natural and cultural odds and because of that, born witness to the heritage of our nation.