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Gardening Symposium


Green Spring Gardens
[ 4603 Green Spring Road ] [ Alexandria, Virginia 22312 ] [ 703-642-5173 ]

Dreaming of a thriving garden space that is wildlife-friendly, sustainable, and beautiful? Come to the Living Garden Spaces Symposium, and discover how to create a richly layered home garden with nature as your design inspiration.

Whether you are adding to an existing garden, addressing problem areas, or designing anew, learn how to use lovely native plants to support native ecosystems, beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife in your garden.

Register by September 19, 2014.

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SCHEDULE:  Saturday, September 27

8:30-9:00 am: REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00-9:15 am: WELCOME

9:15-10:15 am: REGIONAL NATIVES: THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENT FOR WILDLIFE DIVERSITY
Native plants play an essential role in supporting a thriving habitat for native wildlife. Through co-evolution, deep connections have been established between native plants in the landscape and wildlife that live there. Alan Ford and Laura Beaty will discuss strategies to make your property more conducive to wildlife through selection, placement, and care of native species.

10:15-10:30 am: BREAK

10:30-11:30 am: DESIGNING WITH NATIVE PLANTS: NATURE AS INSPIRATION
The evocative patterns of the natural world and the rich palette of native plants can inspire you to create a beautiful and livable garden to solve even the most challenging landscape problems. Betsy Washington will explore how we can create gardens that provide sanctuary for both humans and wildlife and connect our gardens with surrounding natural areas.

11:30 am-12:30 pm: LUNCH AND BOOK SIGNING WITH RICK DARKE

12:30-1:30 pm: MANAGING DEER AND OTHER WILDLIFE VISITORS TO YOUR GARDEN
Bambi may be cute, but he and the rest of the herd are hungry and would love to make a feast of your garden. Kathy Jentz will cover proven and humane tactics for gardening with deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and other mammals that are attracted to both edible and ornamental gardens.

1:30-1:45 pm: BREAK

1:45-2:45 pm: THE LIVING LANDSCAPE AND THE RICHNESS OF LAYERS
The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Rick Darke will look at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and describe how to create and manage them in home gardens that are beautiful, biologically diverse, and joyfully livable. He will present a practical, ecologically sound approach to layering that he calls “spacemaking with organic architecture.??

2:45-3:00 pm: BOOK SIGNING WITH RICK DARKE

About Our Speakers

Laura Beaty
Laura Beaty is a member of the propagation crew of Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) and has been volunteering for over 20 years. With degrees in horticulture and history, she worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Rick Darke
Rick Darke is an award-winning author, photographer, lecturer, and consultant focused on regional landscape design, planning, conservation, and enhancement. His most recent book is The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

Alan Ford
Alan Ford is Potowmack Chapter President of the VNPS and a Virginia Master Naturalist. Alan was recognized in 2013 by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors with the Environmental Excellence Award for County Resident.

Kathy Jentz
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener magazine. Her work has been featured in numerous area publications. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club.

Betsy Washington
Betsy Washington has been an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s Landscape and Sustainable Landscape Design Program for 14 years. As an artist, biologist and landscape designer, Betsy specializes in ecological designs with a focus on native plants to create gardens that provide rich sanctuary for humans as well as wildlife.

Living Garden Spaces Saturday September 27, 2014 9 am - 3pm Co-Sponsored by Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) and Washington Gardener Magazine.

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