March 3, 2015
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Margie Ruddick is an international, award-winning landscape architect and the recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture, which honors excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. In a 25 year career Ms. Ruddick continues to be recognized for her pioneering, environmental approach to landscape design, which integrates ecology, urban planning and culture. Elle Décor names her as one of five landscape designers “who are reshaping our world” and Dwell identifies her as a “Landscape Design Icon” on its cover. Her recent projects include NYC’s Queens Plaza which has won awards for promoting a new idea of nature in the city and the Shillim Institute and Retreat in India. She also worked with artist Betsy Damon to design the Living Water Park in Chengdu, Sichuan, the first ecological park in China. Ms. Ruddick has taught at numerous institutions, most recently at Princeton. Her forthcoming book is entitled Wild by Design.

Wild by Design.  Margie Ruddick will discuss the influences that have shaped her design philosophy. As a landscape architect, she often pushes boundaries and defies convention. Her urban treatment of parks, gardens and waterfronts blends ecology with city planning and becomes living art. While Ms. Ruddick gives us new ways to think about urban spaces, much translates to gardens of our own. Her residential projects illustrate a wilder version of the domestic landscape. “I like things that happen that you don’t plan.” Her aesthetic is self-described as “a little more blowsy – a little more let out, a little less trimmed.” The work is edgy, just as the design philosophy is thoughtful. We think it’s fearless.

Sandra Clinton, FASLA, President of Clinton & Associates, Landscape Architects, is an accomplished and creative landscape architect with thirty-two years of experience in mixed-use, retail, park, institutional, and private design commissions. She has won awards for her innovative use of materials, acute understanding of outdoor scale, and extraordinary expertise and approach to planting design. Using sustainable practices, Ms. Clinton integrates her passion for plants and her background in horticulture with her talent as a designer of dramatic, contemporary, and meaningful landscapes.  In 2013, Sandy Clinton received the prestigious Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society. Her most notable projects include Rockefeller Park in New York City, Rolling Prairie Farm in Indiana, Oprah Winfrey’s private estate, and National Training Center for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Garden Design, and The Washington Post.

Gardens Transformed.  What gardener isn’t looking for the element of the unexpected? The “wow” factor in their garden. Many of us fall short in transforming our vision into a lush and imaginative reality. How can we create extraordinary outdoor living spaces and gardens that invite us in? How can we achieve a lush, four-season garden experience of our own?  Where do the outside and inside meet in our homes and gardens? Sandra Clinton’s painterly approach and extensive plant knowledge combine in exuberant designs that highlight the seasonal rhythms of the landscape. She will share dramatic examples of gardens transformed.

Carol Reese, author, photographer, educator, serves as the University of Tennessee’s Ornamental Horticulture Specialist for West Tennessee. Her degrees in horticulture are from Mississippi State University, where she taught courses in plant material and landscape design. A frequent contributor to Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines, Ms. Reese also writes the gardening column for the Jackson Sun. She is one of the guiding spirits at the UT Gardens-Jackson, the official botanical garden for Tennessee. Conceived as a “laboratory” garden for plant evaluation, Carol Reese and her fellow university horticulturalists have created one of the most beautiful gardens in the state. When Ms. Reese isn’t traveling around the country for speaking engagements, her favorite activity is hiking the local fields with her many dogs.

Sex and the Single Pistil. There is more to learn about the birds and the bees (and the butterflies) than what your parents taught you! Pollinators are important contributors to a healthy, diverse and lively garden. How can we create natural places for them and what can we plant to attract them to our landscapes? Carole Reese will put you in touch with your “wild side” as she illustrates how to design a good wildlife garden by planting outside the lines.

Just Do It! Intimidated by lofty landscape principles?  Let Carol Reese debunk some of the myths that may have made you hesitate in your garden. Develop a fun, productive philosophy that guides your choices and forgives “mistakes.” Ms. Reese will also introduce you to her favorite “aberrant” plants that can really shake things up in the garden.

Evelyn Hadden is a nationally-known speaker and author of four popular garden books. Her books Beautiful No-Mow Yards and Hellstrip Gardening are both Timber Press bestsellers. Ms. Hadden is also the founder of the website LessLawn, founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a resource for ecologically sound lawns and lawn alternatives, as well as partner at the provocative blog GardenRant. She travels the country offering strategies for creating inspired, lawnless gardens and lawn alternatives. Ms. Hadden recently moved back to Idaho, her childhood home state, from the chilly decades spent gardening in Minnesota. The bump from USDA Hardiness Zone 3b/4a to Zone 5b was definitely welcome. When she is not thinking, writing or speaking about gardens, Evelyn is lead singer and pianist for the Ev Hadden Trio.

Beautiful No-Mow Yards. What has your perfect lawn done for you lately? Have you become a slave to its demands?  Say goodbye to boring, lifeless lawns and explore creative ways to fill your garden with diversity, privacy, and four season interest. Evelyn Hadden will share an inspiring array of no-mow designs by everyday gardeners plus easy ideas from landscape professionals that you can adapt to your own yard---from lively prairies to elegant edibles to lawnless stroll gardens to low-care living carpets. Her motto “less lawn, more life” will liberate you!

C. Colston Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author and photographer. His wide range of gardening books include:  Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide; Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants; Perennial Combinations; Perennials for Today’s Gardens and A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers. He is also a frequent contributor to American Gardener, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture. Cole Burrell worked as curator at the U.S. National Arboretum and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where he nurtured his love of plants. With graduate degrees in both Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Mr. Burrell is a principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration. A certified chlorophyll addict, he is an avid and lifelong plantsman. When he is not designing or curating gardens, he tends Bird Hill, a collector’s paradise on 10 wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Winter Garden Magic.  Winter is often the forgotten season in most gardens, when we tend to forget the outside world and settle down inside with seed catalogues.  In fact, the best part of the gardening year can begin as the asters are fading. The onset of winter brings a respite from heat, and signals the start of a season filled with berried branches and seductive silhouettes. Decorative elements and artful planting conspire to provide places to grow myriad winter-blooming plants such as Daphnes, Hellebores, and minor bulbs. Mr. Burrell will focus on the unique challenges of creating interest by adding texture, color and fragrance to the unsung season. 

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