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Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City (230-233)
Day One of SFBGS and Horticulture Magazine's San Francisco Design Symposium

Friday, January 26th, 2007 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Narrow yards, shady alleys, tiny balconies, even windy rooftops can be transformed into cozy garden rooms and refreshing, comfortable sanctuaries. Working within the limitations of the urban landscape can be a challenge for most designers, but this group of experts uses the urban palette as a resource for creating exciting city gardens.

Symposium Speakers

Ray Rogers
“Lots of Pots: Designing Container Plantings”
Container plantings are the quintessential element of urban garden design. Every city gardener needs to understand how to design and appreciate original and interesting garden pots. Author Ray Rogers captures the essence of this creative process in gorgeous images while explaining the techniques that produce memorable container plantings. You too can create your own photo-worthy combinations without following someone else’s "recipes."
Ray Rogers, a lifelong gardener, began his career in public horticulture. Employment at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia and at the American Horticultural Society’s headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, furthered his interest in the horticultural press and led to his position of Senior Editor at Dorling Kindersley Publishing. Currently a freelance author and public speaker, Ray continues to pursue his horticultural interests as a home gardener, as an amateur hybridizer of Hippeastrum (amaryllis), and as an awarded horticultural exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Lucy Hardiman
“Creating Intimate Space”

City dwellers are constantly refining gardens to include intimate outdoor living spaces. See how other gardeners on the west coast create harmonious gardens that are well-proportioned with comfortable areas for respite and entertaining. Learn techniques for creating dynamic planting plans in which each element is essential.

Lucy Hardiman’s artfully planted urban garden has been featured in numerous publications. A popular lecturer, teacher and author, she is a contributing editor for Horticulture magazine, pens a column for the Northwest Garden News and writes for Fine Gardening, Dig and Pacific Horticulture. She is past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and owns Perennial Partners, a design consortium focused on residential garden design.

Ed Snodgrass
“Green Roof Plants”
Rooftops are precious real estate – even if they are sloped or oddly shaped. In just a few years, green roofs have gone from a horticultural curiosity to a booming growth industry, primarily because the environmental benefits of green roofs are now beyond dispute. Learn about this fascinating use of space and discover the surprising variety of plants that can be grown on urban rooftops.

Ed Snodgrass is owner and president of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants. He is a fifth generation farmer and nurseryman specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for green roofs and has supplied plants for over 1,000,000 square feet of green roof on over 170 roofs in 25 states and the District of Columbia as well as green roofs in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. With his wife, Lucie Snodgrass, he authored “Green Roof Plants – A Resource and Planting Guide.”

Flora Grubb
“Collector’s Plants for City Gardens”

City gardens are concise. And because observation tends to be close-up, the selection of the right plant for the right garden is critical. The perfect city plants fill you with delight every time you see them - even in close quarters. These are plants to collect. Flora will talk about some of her favorite collector’s plants. She will bring a collection of compelling oddities, very rare palms, gorgeous focal points, and irresistible bloomers perfect for just the right spot.

Flora Grubb is the founder/co-owner of Flora Grubb Gardens and regularly dispenses gardening advice on KFOG’s morning show. Flora is a self taught gardener who learned everything she knows about plants from reading, asking lots of questions, and frequent visits to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Registration includes all handouts and refreshments, as well as lunch.


Fees MEMBERSHIP INFO members $95.00; nonmembers $115.00 
Notes Friday, January 26th, 2007 8:00 am – 5:00 pm  
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