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The Great Garden Debate: When Collector Meets Designer Can They Find Common Ground? (231-130)
Day Two of SFBGS and Horticulture Magazine's San Francisco Design Symposium

Saturday, January 27, 2007, 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Is there a solution to the schism between gardens where design holds sway and those in which plants lead? From inspiration through process to realization, the debate between designers and collectors has never been livelier. Plant lovers need places to set their collections, and more room to add new plants. Designers search for ways to create outdoor living areas that can also serve as connections from house to garden.

Horticulture Magazine has invited speakers known for their commitment to plants and design to join Nan Sinton and argue the case for their approach to the dynamic of gardening. Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck, both renowned for their love of plants and design, have developed their garden, North Hill, as a fusion of both elements. Mat Reese is immersed in the lore and knowledge of Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter, and Penney Magrane brings a brilliant combination of design, plant knowledge, and horticultural experience. They'll debate the pros and cons of one of gardening's oldest conundrums and offer inspiration and ideas to spark your own approach to gardening.

Symposium speakers:

Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd live and garden in Vermont. Both taught high school before founding the landscape design firm North Hill Associates in 1977. Today they travel extensively, consulting on gardens across the country, and write. They are co-authors of "A Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden" (Henry Holt 1996) and "Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill" (Henry Holt 1999). Winterrowd has also written "Annuals and Tender Perennials for North American Gardens" (Random House 2004) and edited "Roses: A Celebration" (North Point Press 2003), a complilation of essays from 33 eminent gardeners. North Point Press recently reissued Eck's popular "Elements of Garden Design".

Residential landscape designer Penney Magrane founded Magrane Associates Landscape Design in 1986 to specialize in making life-changing gardens and landscapes using hand selected plant materials. Her work has been featured in books and magazines, and has been honored with numerous awards.

Mat Reese is Assistant Head Gardener at Great Dixter, the renowned English garden created by the late Christopher Lloyd. Reese joined the staff at Dixter in September 2001 after studying horticulture at RBG Kew and RHS Wisley, and working at Ness Botanics. He is a keen plantsman and has explored the flora of many countries including Greenland, Kyrgisran, Turkey and Japan. In addition to his gardening duties, he now lectures on behalf of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust ( as part of the international effor to save this magnificent garden.

Registration includes all handouts and refreshments, as well as lunch. A refund will be given to participants (less a $25 processing fee) who withdraw at least 10 business days before the Symposium date; no refunds will be issued after this deadline.


Visit to registration online for Horticulture Magazine's symposium on January 27.

Fees MEMBERSHIP INFO members of SFBGS or subscribers of Horticulture Magazine $119; regular rate $129 
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