Beautifully illustrated lectures for garden clubs, horticultural societies and community education classes.

 
 

NEW FOR 2017! The Garden Tourist in Connecticut and Rhode Island

See what our neighboring states have to offer in gorgeous public gardens and specialty nurseries! This lecture will inspire you to plan daytrips to see these beautiful places - whether on your own, or with your club members.  Learn about each garden's highlights and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination.

The Adventurous Gardener

Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? We will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden's highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination.

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Pots with Pizzazz

Jazzy containers are the “jewelry” of a garden, elevating it from “good” to “great”! Learn how to brighten shady spots with pops of color, create focal points for vistas and welcoming entry gardens with stunning container groupings. From whimsical to grand, these pots with pizzazz from private and public gardens will inspire and teach you to design your own potted masterpieces!

A Collector's Guide to Hostas

With more than 7,000 named varieties, there is a hosta to suit every taste and garden. With photos from award-winning gardens and Joan’s collection of 300 cultivars, we will show you how to design a beautiful garden based on the interplays of color, texture and placement of incredible hostas and companion plants.

Designing Shady Retreats

In this richly illustrated lecture, we explore a variety of intriguing gardens that will inspire you to create your own shady retreats! We show you design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners, highlight unusual plants that thrive in low-light conditions, and illustrate the creative use of art objects, seating and water features. 

NEW FOR 2017! Design a Sunny Perennial Border

How do you create a sunny perennial garden that will delight you with colorful blooms and flowers for cutting from spring through fall? Learn about plant layering, new and reliable perennials, companion plants and design techniques that will make your garden POP!

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

This delightfully illustrated program explores the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Learn about the joys and benefits of creating beautiful layered gardens designed to bring avian performers right into our own backyards.

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Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights

Early bulbs and native woodland wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia, Hepatica and Primula are the stars of the early spring garden. Learn about their habitats, ideal growing conditions and unique adaptations!

The Magic of the Winter Garden

The garden can be a magical place - even in winter! Stripped of summer foliage and flowers, the success of a winter garden lies in its structure, basic design and choice of plant material. This richly illustrated lecture provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting vignettes.

Propagating Perennials Workshop

Increase your perennial collection, replace mature plants, grow varieties that may not be offered for sale, and even produce new hybrids! Learn different propagation skills including growing from seed, cuttings, and divisions of a wide range of perennials in this combination lecture and demonstration.

 

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UPCOMING APPEARANCES

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REVIEWS

“Last night was one of the best, most interesting, informative and well presented programs I have seen in quite some time.” 

- Member, Bridgewater Garden Club

Thanks again for a great program. It was garden food for my soul!
— Sharon, Greater New Bedford Garden Club

PAST APPEARANCES

Boston Flower & Garden Show
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Garden Club Federation of Mass.
Landscape Design Council of Mass.
Ashland Garden Club
Lancaster Garden Club
Franklin Garden Club
Salem Garden Club
The Garden Club of the Back Bay
Northborough Garden Club
Seaside Garden Club
Weston Garden Club
Stoneham Garden Club
Friendly Garden Club of Beverly
Holden Garden Club
Hudson Garden Club
Colonial Garden Club, Marlborough
Haverhill Garden Club
Wellesley Garden Study Group
Kingston Garden Club
Groton Garden Club
Medfield Garden Club
Boxford Village Garden Club
Andover Garden Club
Osterville Garden Club
Taunton Garden Club
The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury
Natick Garden Club
Medway Community Education
Needham Adult Education
Open Gate Garden Club (Chelmsford)
Golden Chain Garden Club (Chelmsford)
Community League Garden Club of Weston
Powisett Garden Club (Dover)
Bridgewater Garden Club
Wayland Garden Club
Sharon Garden Club
Kalmia Garden Club (Needham)
Norwood Garden Club
Simpson Park Garden Club (Framingham)
Framingham Garden Club
Lexington Garden Club
Mansfield Garden Club
Temple Shalom Garden Club (Newton)
Holliston Garden Club
…and more