Lectures, Demos and Workshops
A Tour of English Garden
If you have never been to England, here are a few gardens that I have selected as must sees while visiting. After living and traveling through England I feel confident that you will enjoy these special gardens – Beth Chatto’s Garden, Hyde Hall, Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden and a few other small treasures.
A Tour of English Gardens II (coming soon)
Tour of Green Roofs
From Chicago to Vancouver green roofs are standard practice for new buildings under LEED certification. They are also part of stormwater management. The benefits of green roofs far outweigh the disadvantages. I know you will enjoy the array of roof top gardens that provide an amazing and creative look at how we rethink our roofs.
Building an Urban Farm
Urban farms are all the craze because food is close to the people who will be consuming it. But the urban farm does other things for the community. In this talk we will look at where urban farms are being built, who is involved, and we discuss the resources that they bring to the community besides food.
Color in the Garden
Have you ever heard of forest bathing? In Japan this is a custom and a way to rejuvenate the soul. Walking amidst the color green, is healing and restorative. Now think of applying all colors to the garden to create a healing space that will enliven all your senses.
With more and more people moving into cities every day, container gardens are a way to keep the garden alive even in an urban setting where planting space my not exist or is limited in scope. The opportunity abounds! Workshop – Container garden workshop gives you the hands-on experience of planting your own garden to take home.
Creating a Woodland Garden
Learn how to transform an area of your landscape into a woodland oasis. If you already have a grove of trees or are thinking of planting one, this presentation will help you make the proper selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. I will discuss the process involved in woodland gardening from garden planning to soil preparation, planting, and ongoing care. My step-by-step process is something you can integrate at your own pace. Learn what to plant to provide year-round interest from early-blooming bulbs to shrubs with colorful berries in fall and winter. You'll learn how to attract wildlife too!
Food Forests to Attract Birds, Furry Friends and Humans too!
Creating beautifully designed food forests and shrubby borders attract a myriad of animals to visit our gardens. One shrub with varying cultivars can feed birds six months or more - planning is key. Who and why to plant what you plant will make you a more conscious gardener for improving habitat and migratory flyways.
Front and Backdoor Gardening (coming soon)
Gardening in Small Spaces (coming soon)
Gardening in Winter: A New Twist
Most people don't consider the winter garden to be much to look at but if it is planned well, there can be a full range of bloom and color throughout the bleak winter months. Come join me for a talk on the fourth gardening season - winter - and the myriad of plants that can create a winter wonderland.
Gardens of Maine (coming soon)
Gardens of Quebec (coming soon)
Growing Food for Your Table (coming soon)
Landscape Management Plans
Why every municipality, designed landscape, and the home garden need a landscape management plan. What are LMPs - and what are the hows and whys of a good LMP?
Native and Non-Native Woody Plants Working as a Community
We have been told that natives are the best species to plant for our landscapes, but there are some species that are non-natives and have been here for years and are providing critical services for our environment. Who are these plants and where are they found? How do they function in tandem with native species? These are the questions that will be answered in this presentation.
Rain Gardens (coming soon)
Sustainability in Your Garden
What does sustainability really mean in the landscape? Creating sustainable landscapes means less work for you and more work for the plants. Ideas include no mow lawns, rain capture and reuse, easy ground covers, plants that need minimal pruning, plant diversity, new native cultivars that attract more wildlife and bring greater activity to areas that were once visually lifeless. Once you have established a good plant palette you can sit back and enjoy the results.
The Mixed Border for All Seasons (coming soon)
Tree Insects and Diseases and Their Miraculous Survival Techniques (coming soon)
What’s the Big Deal About Glyphosate
This lecture was originally presented for a School District in the region when they were having problems with the maintenance of their school grounds. The School District contracted their grounds maintenance out to a company that used Glyphosate as a standard practice around schoolyards and vegetable gardens. The presentation talks about the known hazards of Glyphosate and the importance of the development of landscape management plans when hiring outside companies.
Woody Native Plants for Winter Beauty and Purpose (coming soon)
Your Landscape’s Winter Wardrobe (coming soon)