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Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden Illustrated Talk with Bill Noble

Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden Illustrated Talk with Bill NobleProgram presented by the N.H. Preservation Alliance

June 10, 2021, 12 p.m. via Zoom

Free; donations suggested

Registration:, 603-224-2281 or


New England Garden Expert Bill Noble Speaks on Building a Garden with Historical and Contextual Connections

How does an individual garden relate to the larger landscape? How does it connect to the natural and cultural environment? Does it evoke a sense of place? In his presentation Noble helps gardeners answer these questions by sharing how they influenced the creation of his garden in Norwich, Vermont.    The program is part of an Old House & Barn Expo: On the Road series hosted by the N.H. Preservation Alliance. Check www.nhpreservation.orgfor a list of free Zoom programs by expert presenters and guide to over 50 preservation products and services.

In his talk, Noble will reveal that a garden is never created in a vacuum but is rather the outcome of an individual’s personal vision combined with historical and cultural forces. Sumptuously illustrated, this thoughtful look at the process of garden-making shares insights gleaned over a long career that will inspire you to create a garden rich in context, personal vision, and spirit.

For thirty years Bill Noble has worked as a garden designer and professional in garden preservation.  As Director of Preservation for the Garden Conservancy, he was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of dozens of gardens throughout the United States. He was gardener at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, and led the early restoration efforts at The Fells, in Newbury, NH.

As a garden designer, Bill works with clients to create compelling new gardens or to restore and revitalize existing ones. His hands-on style contributes to the creation of gardens of lasting quality.

In his newly released book, Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden, he describes the pleasures and challenges—both aesthetic and practical—of creating a garden that feels deeply rooted to its place. His Norwich, Vermont garden is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens and has been featured in Martha Stewart LivingHouse & GardenThe New York Times, Washington Post and the Garden Conservancy’s Outstanding American Gardens.

“Preservation and old building activity has been on the rise since the pandemic began last year when we had to postpone our popular, large biennial trade show,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance.  2021 programming includes topics such as old house restoration, exterior paint colors, insulation and ventilation, old house kitchens how to research the history of your house. Most programs are free; donations encouraged.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance strengthens communities and stimulates local economies by encouraging the protection and revival of historic buildings and places. More on activities and events at



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