Wednesday Morning Dialogue
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 8 am
Planning & Providing for the Future
Topher Delaney & Calvin Chin
Philosophy is foundational to the work of landscape artists Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin. “In scope and scale, their broad range of installations serve as dynamic physical evidence of a visual + spiritual + cultural literacy integrating wonderful exemplars of horticulture and transformative cyclic aspects of nature with distinctive specific cultural linguistic narratives.”
We turn to our gardens for beauty, to create something, to put our hands in the earth and reconnect to the cycles of life. Now more than ever, when our homes are truly our sanctuaries, our gardens may take on even greater importance for respite, inspiration and hope.
Topher Delaney, in conjunction with her partner, Calvin Chin, will give an encore talk to Wednesday Morning Dialogue on Wednesday, June 10, via Zoom. Topher and Calvin will discuss their philosophy of optimism – “We have faith in a future … and so we plant for others to prosper” -- show off some of their projects – “gardens of three-dimensional fine art/horticulture/literature” – and answer your gardening questions, too.
(For visual reference, you have probably seen their transformative, whimsical landscape installation at Cost Plus Plaza/Trader Joe’s on Redwood Highway in Larkspur.)
Topher Delaney applied her degree in philosophy/art history from Barnard College to a landscape architecture degree at U.C. Berkeley. She then dug in and began creating site-specific garden installations around the Bay Area. With partner Calvin Chin, Topher has established the Virgie Giles Foundation, a 501(c)3 aimed to develop tangible policies of benefit in three areas:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Topher and Calvin invite your questions about your garden in advance of the meeting. Please send them to email@example.com by June 5 and I’ll compile them and forward them to Delaney + Chin.
Our June gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the June 10 meeting.
If you are interested in having a guest attend, please email Becky Bingea at Rbingea@comcast.net so we can add them to our Zoom invitation.
July 8 – Ann Wakeley, League of Women Voters, 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
August 12 – TBD
September 9 – Jennifer Garrison, PhD, Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity & Equality at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging – aging and reproductive health