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Down to Earth Gardening (231-140)

Sat, Jan 26, 8:00am--5:00pm

Who doesn’t want to garden in a way that works in harmony with nature, pays attention to sustainability, and results in a garden that is beautiful and responsible? Look around your own garden and see if you can get to the essence of the planting and design. Have you begun to choose plants that are truly site adapted, such as drought tolerant succulents, native ferns and vines, and water-thrifty conifers? Do you believe that the finest gardens show a deep commitment to nurturing the living soil? This symposium combines the talents of two of Europe’s most prominent garden-makers, Helen Dillon and David Howard, both leaders in their dedication to putting plants in the “right” place, who have years of experience in working with nature to create beautiful gardens. They are joined by Debra lee Baldwin and Richie Steffen who bring their local knowledge to the topic.

Helen Dillon is an author, broadcaster and garden consultant. She lectures internationally and travels to study plants in the wild. She has been honored with the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and the George Robert White Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The author of The Flower Garden, Garden Artistry, and Helen Dillon on Gardening, her newest book is Down to Earth with Helen Dillon, Timber Press (USA) and Frances Lincoln (London) 2007.

David Howard is Head Gardener at Highgrove to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Howard studied and worked at The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Gothenburg Botanic Garden, Sweden, and the renowned Hillier’s Nurseries in England. At Highgrove he is responsible for the most noted example of a working organic garden in Europe, described in The Elements of Organic Gardening, by HRH The Prince of Wales (with Stephanie Donaldson; Kales Press 2007).

Debra lee Baldwin is an award winning writer, editor, artist, and photographer based in southern California. Her own succulent garden has been featured in Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, and San Diego Home/Garden magazine. She is the author of Designing with Succulents (Timber Press 2007).

Richie Steffen is the Coordinator of Horticulture for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden near Seattle, Washington, where he is restoring and developing the alpine collection and fern and woodland gardens. He is president of the Hardy Fern Foundation, and has traveled extensively to see plants in their native habitats.

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Instructors Helen Dillon
David Howard
Debra Lee Baldwin
Richie Steffen
Fees MEMBERSHIP INFO members $124.00; nonmembers $134.00 
Notes Sat, Jan 26, 8:00am--5:00pm  
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