26 Feb It’s Time to PLAN Your Spring Garden!
We are back from the flower show and spring is less than a month away! It may be hard to believe when looking outside, but keep the faith. It will be here. Are you ready?
This Saturday, we are having our first ever Design Day. Held down the street at the Zion Episcopal church in North Branford, this all-day event offers 7 mini-workshops on a wide range of garden design topics. You can register on-line or via fax or phone for a mere $40 for an all day pass. Such a bargain for all this information! Walk-ins are welcome! I will be bringing lots of exciting gardening books as well as some assorted seeds that you may want to buy now (breadseed poppies for example). Joining me will be Rebecca Holley, my landscape design assistant, who will be sharing her experiences with a 12 year old plan that needs revision.
Diane St. John will be explaining how she converted an overgrown part of her property to a wild, native garden (see photo above). I asked all of my employees to choose one favorite plant and explain why they chose it- that will be our Lunch and Learn slideshow. I am preparing talks on succession of bloom and spacing plants, working with small gardens, evergreen structure and creating strong bones in your landscape, and combining plants with color in mind. Whew! What a full day of information, beautiful photographs, and sharing of ideas. I guarantee that you will totally forget about the snow and cold outside for seven hours. Won’t you join us?
Last weekend I attended a wonderful workshop given by one of my favorite garden writers, Ken Druse. It was all about Natural Companions, the title of a beautiful book that he wrote in collaboration with my friend Ellen Hoverkamp. He inspired me to really think about why we combine plants in certain ways. It may be that they need the same conditions. It may be that they bloom at the same time as the Doronicum and Pulmonaria do in the photo above. He discussed the color wheel and what various colors and combinations do for our feelings and our moods. This week I have been deeply studying the new book by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy entitled Living Landscapes. A few weeks ago I attended a lecture by Jan Johnsen called Heaven is a Garden. I have just finished her book of the same name and gained such knowledge and inspiration from her writings. That is what winter is all about for me and, most likely, you. We can’t go outside and dig in the dirt but we sure can dream and plan and prepare.
I hope you can come to Design Day this Saturday. I’ll see you very soon…