Connecticut Horticultural Society 2018 Symposium
Striking a Balance
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Mark Twain House, Hartford
Save Saturday, February 3, 2018 for this season’s CHS Symposium entitled Striking a Balance. The event will be held, once again, at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Given the talent we have lined up, another sellout is anticipated!
Information about the speaker topics, participating vendors, meal options and cost will be communicated in the near future, once details are ironed out. For now, be sure to set aside Saturday, February 3 for this uplifting mid-winter day of ‘gardening.’
This full-day of horticultural bliss is a perfect birthday/holiday gift for the gardener in your life.
Here are the speakers who will share their gardening knowledge:
Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and stewardship of living landscapes. Projects include residential gardens, parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, and botanical gardens.
His many books include “The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest,” “The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden” co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and “Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes” co-authored with Piet Oudolf. For further information visit: www.rickdarke.com
Christina Salwitz is “THE Personal Garden Coach” a horticulturist, writer, designer and former nursery worker for nearly 25 years. Christina’s last award-winning book “Fine Foliage,” co-authored with Karen Chapman, made the Amazon Top 20 Best Garden Books of 2013. This year, Timber Press released her latest top-seller, “Gardening with Foliage First.”
Christina’s designs for small spaces and container gardens have both been featured in and on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens,” Lawn & Garden Retailer and numerous other media. Christina writes for the Fine Foliage blog and contributes design-oriented articles to consumer and industry magazines. She is also an industry speaker. Christina’s popular horticultural photography can be found in many garden centers, blogs, magazines and books.
Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World.”
She is a founding principal of the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world.
Having grown up on a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland where she immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems.