Jens Jensen and "Skylands": His Maine Masterpiece with Patrick Chasse
Wednesday, March 19
Danish-American landscape architect, Jens Jensen, immigrated to the mid-west over 100 years ago. He celebrated the area's indigenous scenery by creating the prairie style of landscape architecture and leading a movement to conserve natural areas. In 1926, he designed a landscape in Maine for "Skylands," Edsel Ford's new summer home there, using the Maine natural context for his design and plant palette. This property was purchased by Martha Stewart in 1997, who set about restoring it. This lecture highlights Jensen's original design process and the challenges and compromises of bringing "Skylands" back to its natural glory. Patrick Chasse is an educator, landscape architect, ecologist, writer, and landscape historian. He maintains an active design practice, specializing in historic landscapes, reconstruction of natural plant communities, and design of new gardens; from Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to Istanbul. The New England Wildflower Society inaugurated its first Landscape Design Award in 2005, awarding it to Patrick for a body of 25 years of work utilizing native plants in exceptional or distinctive landscape compositions. In 2011, he was honored for lifetime achievement with honorary memberships in the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Clubs.
40 Trees and Shrubs You Should Know by Heart with Heidi Hesselein
Wednesday, March 26
Heidi Hesselein, co-owner of Pleasant Run Nursery, will highlight her favorite woody plants for versatility and beauty. Her focus is on plants which have multi-seasonal interest, proven longevity in the landscape, and the toughness of a workhorse. The majority of the plants have been trialed in the extensive display gardens at Pleasant Run Nursery. Heidi is a certified nursery and landscape professional in New Jersey. She joined Princeton Nurseries as a fourth-generation nurseryman, where she received extensive experience growing and selling a wide range of woody plants. She left Princeton Nurseries to start Pleasant Run Nursery in 1998, with her husband, Richard. The nursery produces garden-worthy woodies and perennials for the wholesale trade. Visit www.pleasantrunnursery.com.
The Gardens at Eyre Hall: A Garden of the Past, Present and Future with Laurie Klingel
Wednesday, April 2
Laurie Klingel, head gardener at the historic gardens of Eyre Hall on Virginia's Eastern Shore, will guide us on a tour using superb garden photography, horticultural insight, and historical anecdotes. Whether you've been to Eyre Hall 10 times, or have never been before, you'll enjoy this photographic tour of Eyre Hall's contemporary mixed borders, original outbuildings, and boxwood parterres. Her talk will cover topics ranging from the recent preservation of the 19th-century Orangery, to the finest tulips of 2014. Laurie has been gardening at Eyre Hall for eight years, overseeing the installation of thousands of spring bulbs and perennials, as well as tending the extensive boxwood plantings. Her passion for history and horticulture make her work at Eyre Hall a tribute to past, present, and future generations. She owns and operates Appleseed Nurseries, Inc., a retail nursery in Eastville, VA, with her husband, Jeff, who is a landscape designer. Visit www.appleseednurseries.com.
English Gardens with Katherine Astor - sorry, this lecture is sold out
Wednesday, April 9
Join Katherine Astor as she shares some history of the Astor family and the 26-year restoration of her residence, Kirby House and Estate, in Berkshire, England. She will discuss the history of English Gardens and how they have evolved over the years, as well as share some of her favorite gardens, including Highgrove, Througham Court, Farleigh House, and Eastleach House. Katherine Astor worked for the Duke of Edinburgh for six years. Her interest in gardening grew after she married Richard Astor and moved into Kirby House, with a 10-acre garden that had gone to rack and ruin. She studied garden design at Reading University and did a practical horticulture course at the English Gardening School. She has been arranging garden tours based at Kirby House for the past 20 years and has been coming over to America to talk about English Gardens for 10 years. In 2013, she was made an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America.
Four Seasons of Containers with Rita Randolph - sorry, this lecture is sold out
Wednesday, April 16
Join Rita Randolph and see how all kinds of plants are combined into what many people call "eye candy," from small tabletop centerpieces to large commercial installations. Rita is a true artist and containers are her canvas, often spilling with unusual and colorful plant material. With an emphasis on Foliage FIRST, Rita will demonstrate why it's so important to combine textures and colorful foliage first; then add flowers, which are a bonus! Rita Randolph is a life-long horticulturist, photographer, and published author. She wrote Fine Gardening's "Container Gardening" Special Issue in 2009, which sold out, and has published her own book, A History of Horticulture. Her presentations are enjoyed across the country, as she enthusiastically shares her knowledge and creative arrangements. She has spoken at botanical gardens, horticultural societies, and conferences for many years, including The Philadelphia Flower Show. She was recently presented The Sterling Award as one of the top 20 influential women in west Tennessee for her educational works. Visit www.randolphsgreenhouses.com.
All Aflutter: The Life and Times of a Butterfly with Arabella Dane
Wednesday, April 23
Everyone loves butterflies in their gardens, but how do you attract the greatest variety of species? Join Arabella Dane as she shares her passion for butterflies and butterfly gardening. She will discuss how to attract, entertain, and enjoy these beautiful creatures in each stage - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. She will elaborate on habitat needs; including caterpillar host plants and nectar sources, as well as conservation and the amazing life journey and migration of Monarch butterflies. Arabella Dane is an award-winning floral designer, educator, conservationist, and butterfly expert. Among many undertakings, she is a Garden Club of America Flower Arranging, Horticulture and Photography Judge and a National Garden Clubs, Inc. Landscape Consultant and Master Flower Show Judge. She is past president of the World Association of Flower Arrangers Inc. (USA 2008-2011) and the founder of the GCA Flower Arranging Study Group.
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