Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Creating healthy gardens for people and pollinators 

When was the last time you talked about the birds and the bees? This engaging talk by Melissa Reavis, residential studio director of Hollander Design Landscape Architects, may encourage you to have a new kind of design conversation. Drawing on the firm’s inspiring design portfolio of residential properties around the world, Reavis leaves no doubt about the imperatives and possibilities for designing healthy landscapes that benefit insects, plants, animals and humans. Reavis shows how biodiversity in residential garden settings can be designed within any aesthetic and enhance the overall experience of a landscape and its connection to architecture.


This lecture was presented in 2022 as part of the Bunny Mellon Curricula at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.