Thomas Rainer is a highly sought after public speaker whose passionate and provocative talks have inspired and entertained audiences all over the country. Thomas speaks on various topics, many related to the future of planting design and the intersection of design and ecology.

If you would like to talk with Thomas about speaking to your group or symposium, please contact him at Topics can easily be tailored to your group and needs.  

Here's just a sampling of what people are saying about Thomas' talks:

"Listened to Thomas speak at the HPSO event and FINALLY an LA who gets it and can articulate it so well. Thanks for the inspiration Thomas!" Dan Hinkley

"This is the best presentation I've heard in 30 years of this conference." Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Professor of Horticulture and Botany

"Feedback from your talk in 2014 was outstanding and some of the most positive I’ve ever seen."

"You were the reason I attended - and it was well worth the 148 mile trip. Your presentation & graphics were excellent and you have a great speaking voice. You were innovative, thought-provoking and witty. You will influence my thinking as my shovel slices through the sod this weekend. You truly exceeded my quite high expectations, thank you."

"I’ve heard many native talks and was very impressed by yours and the time you took putting it together; it was easily one of the best, if not the best, I’ve heard."

"That was a special lecture that Thomas gave this past winter at the New York Botanical Garden, signaling a kind of turning point for native and naturalistic design."

"You are the hardest-working speaker on the circuit. You pack tons of relevant content into an inspiring, engaging talk."

Thomas' talk "was a turning point for the next generation of garden designers that take into consideration both the art and ecology of great garden making. Thomas has a new contemporary voice. I was pleased that so see many ears and eyes were listening and seeing so attentively. I certainly was."

"I have never invited a speaker in consecutive years, but your message was so on-point for us, I felt it would appropriate."

"After reviewing the evaluations, several in the audience used the word, 'brilliant' and others remarked that they appreciated your knowledgeable approach to the proper and effective use of native plants. Another called it 'the most important topic presented today.'”

"Thomas Rainer combined humor, useful information and inspiring images in his talk Saturday on achieving romanticism in our gardens with hydrangeas and other worthy plants."

2015 Talks:

Monday January 19, Silver Spring Garden Club. Silver Spring, Maryland.

Friday January 23, Charleston, West Virginia. Build a Better Landscape Winter Symposium, West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association. Charleston Holiday Inn &; Suites.

Tuesday January 27, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Closing Keynote, New Jersey ASLA Annual Conference, Trump Tak Mahal Casino & Resort.

Wednesday January 28, Collinsville, Illinois. Keynote, Gateway Green Industry Conference, Gateway Convention Center.

Saturday February 7, Dublin Ireland: The New Perennial Movement: Transient Trend or Adaptable Style? The GLDA’s 19th International Garden Design Seminar at Crowne Plaza Dublin, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9

Saturday February 21, Fairfax County, Virginia. Green Springs Gardens.

Saturday March 7, Dayton, Ohio. The American Garden in a Post-Wild World. Miami Valley Gardening Conference.  Sinclair Comm. College Ponitz Center.

Wednesday March 18, Monkton, Maryland. Ladew Topiary Gardens.

Saturday April 4th, Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia ASLA Spring Conference. CitySpace on the historic Downtown Mall.

Friday April 24, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival.

Sunday May 3, Hamptons, New York. The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Bridgehampton Community House.

June 2-3, Des Moines, Iowa. Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

June 26-28, Portland Oregon. Northwest Study Weekend. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.

Saturday September 26, Ridgley, Maryland. Adkins Arboretum.

Friday October 16, Fort Worth, Texas. Fort Worth Garden Club.

Saturday October 17th, Niles, Michigan. Fernwood Botanical Garden.

Wednesday October 21, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wellfleet Garden Club.

Saturday October 31, Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Tuesday January 12, 2016. Pennsylvania. Green Industry Conference.

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