A Special Evening Presentation by Dan Hinkley – Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

A Special Evening Presentation by Dan Hinkley – Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

A Special Evening Presentation by Dan Hinkley

 

Windcliff Plants, WA, USA

Wildflowers of Slovenia – A trip taken in the spring of 2017

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver


 Dan Hinkley

 

Daniel J. Hinkley

Teacher, writer, lecturer, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, gardener.
Above all, he is committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, above average garden plants, landscapes of distinction and raising the collective awareness of the diversity of plant life on Earth as well as the magic and mysteries of our natural world.
 

A Special Evening Presentation by Dan Hinkley, Windcliff Plants, WA, USA

Wildflowers of Slovenia – A trip taken in the spring of 2017

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm

HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver

Since our original announcement regarding Dan’s presentation he has now agreed to centre his talk on a 2017 trip to this botanically-favoured country located in Central Europe.  He describes the wildflowers he encountered there as “stunning!”

The area now known as the Republic of Slovenia has a rich, but checkered history.  Over the centuries the area came under the domination of Illyrian and Celtic tribes, the Roman and Carolingian empires among others, and most recently Yugoslavia, from which it gained its independence in 1991.

As well as a complex history, the country is recognized as having a significant number of topographically and geologically different areas, which no doubt have contributed to its botanical wealth.  The Ljubljana Botanical Garden marked its 200th year of operation in 2014, and the Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden contains over 600 species of plants growing in a natural setting, some of which are unique to the Slovenian Alps. In fact some of our most beloved garden plants hail from this small country.  One alpine area, the Bohinj, even hosts an annual International Wild Flower Festival, and has been recognized as one of the 50 best wildflower sites worldwide.

Don’t miss the opportunity to find out more about the plant treasures that this relatively little-known country has to offer. This promises to be a very exciting presentation!

 

Tickets: $25 members/$30 non-members or all tickets at the door.

Pleaase send your cheque, payable to VHPG, for $25 (members pre-paid, $30 non-members), to  Lindsay Macpherson, 11662 Carr Street,Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5M9.  If you are purchasing for others, please iindicate their names and whether they are members or non-members.   Lindsay will begin taking cheques  from August 12,2018.   Cheques should be received by September 4th, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event.  Please note that talks given by Dan Hinkley to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group have often sold out.

 

SPRING STUDY DAY – Saturday, February 17th, 2018

SPRING STUDY DAY – Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

To register for the Spring Study Day, please forward your cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $45 (members pre-paid), $50 (non-members and all tickets at the door), to Lindsay Macpherson, 11662 Carr St., Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5M9. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by February 9, 2018, which will allow time for your name to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry to the event.

SPEAKERS

Bill McNamara, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen, CA

TOPICS:  

“Magnolias in China and at Quarryhill”
“Plant Hunting: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

Bill McNamara
Bill McNamara

After completing a degree in English at UC Berkeley in 1975, Bill McNamara travelled the world before settling in the Sonoma Valley and setting up a landscape contracting company. In 1985 he was hired to do installation of a new garden on the site of quarried land owned by Jane Davenport Jansen, a restaurant heiress who had made her home in Glen Ellen two decades earlier.

During the design process for this garden, and with the serendipitous influence of an English plant hunter, Lord Howick, the seed was sown in Mrs. Jansen’s mind to create a naturalistic-style garden which could house specimens of the various temperate zone, wild, Asian plants which were being discovered by Howick’s expeditions, and also allow for their propagation and preservation.

Bill was included on these expeditions from the early days of his working for Mrs. Jansen, and by 1994 had become the Director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden. He has continued the collaborations, plant-finding expeditions, and the learning process ever since, leading to significant new finds. In 2005 he graduated with an M.A. in Conservation Biology, and is currently the President and Executive Director of Quarryhill.

Bill is the rare U.S. recipient of three coveted horticultural awards. In 2010 he was honoured with the Arthur Hoyt Scott Award by the American Horticultural Society (AHS), and in 2017 with the both the Veitch Memorial Medal from England’s Royal Horticultural Society, and the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the AHS. He also received the prestigious Eloise Payne Luquer Medal from the Garden Club of America in 2009, the Annual Award from the California Horticultural Society in 2012, and the Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs in 2013.

Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Horticulture & Collections, UBC Botanical Garden, Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, UBC

TOPIC:

“Using Shrubs as Small Trees in the Garden”

Douglas Justice

Douglas’s primary responsibility at the UBC Botanical Garden is the day-to-day operation of the garden and interpretation of the plant collections. He is also involved with public and industry outreach, and teaches horticulture and plant identification courses for the Faculties of Land & Food Systems and Applied Sciences.

Prior to joining the UBC Botanical Garden, Douglas taught horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley where he focused on plant identification, integrated pest management and nursery production. He trained at Massot Nurseries (Richmond) and in his early years worked as a gardener in Vancouver and at Windsor Great Park, England.

Among his publications one of the most familiar is Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver, published most recently in 2014. He co-authored The Jade Garden, “an authoritative guide to 130 of the most fascinating yet little-known ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials from ‘the green mantle’ of Asia”. In addition, Douglas is the author of the two mobile apps, Vancouver Trees Basic and Vancouver Trees Pro, valuable for identification and usage in our area.

Sarah Common, BSc Agriculture, Bee Master, Hives for Humanity

TOPIC:

Gardeners and Bees – Working Together in Community

 

Sarah Common
Sarah Common

Hives for Humanity works to create opportunities for connection to community, through bees. We are passionate about social and biological environments, and this talk will discuss intersections of the two, and share the story of our work. Why are bees great pollinators? How can gardeners create spaces that foster habitat and forage for wild and managed species of bees? How can gardeners and beekeepers be advocates for species of bees living at-risk? What parallels exist between our gardens, bee habitats and our human communities and how might we work to create health and balance in all?

 

 

Fall Study Day – Saturday 28th October, 2017

Fall Study Day – Saturday 28th October, 2017

Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver

To register for Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members and all tickets at the door [members included]), and mail to Lindsay Macpherson at 11662 Carr Street, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5M9.  If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by October 23, 2017, which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event and provide numbers for sufficient catering. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry to the event.

SPEAKERS

TROY SCOTT SMITH

Head Gardener, Sissinghurst, England

TOPICS
“Sissinghurst – Revitalizing Vita” Troy is spearheading the revitalization of the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst – a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.

 “The Winter Garden” Troy will discuss winter gardening in general and then present a more detailed look at the making of the winter garden he designed and planted whilst at Bodnant

Troy Scott Smith
Troy Scott Smith

In May 2013 Troy Scott Smith took up his position as Head Gardener at Sissinghurst with a mission to revitalize the garden.

Troy ’s gardening career has taken place primarily in two of the UK’s most beautiful gardens.  He started his gardening career in 1990 as a student gardener at Bodnant, North Wales and later went on to spend five years as senior gardener at Sissinghurst.  Troy then headed back to Bodnant as Head Gardner from 2006 to 2013, in the interim having been head gardener at The Courts, Wiltshire and curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

 

 

 

ROY DIBLIK

Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, Wisconsin, USA

TOPICS
“16 Together” Roy’s two-part presentation highlights 16 plants which he will show in multiple combinations with compatible plants. His thoughts are to describe how these 16 durable plants can create endless combinations using other plants with similar lifestyles and how everything is related to maintenance practices.

Roy Diblik
Roy Diblik

Part One – Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. Using a selection of regionally-dependable perennials, he will show that endless natural plant patterns can be constructed with each relating to time and cost to maintain. He will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.
Part Two – The second part of Roy’s talk will cover many perennial plants that can live well together, not dominating each other or in need of special cultural conditions or treatment. They live well in close knit communities and reflect the health and beauty of intimacy. We will consider their youthful nurturing and adult care, and overall gardening needs through time.

Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery located in Burlington, Wisconsin, USA.  He is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, a sought-after speaker and author. Since 1978 he has combined his years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials; he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

Roy’s recent work includes the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago.

His book “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” highlights his perennial gardening practice.

 

Spring Study Day – Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spring Study Day – Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

To register for the Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members and all tickets at the door), to Gillian Collins, 2154 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6M 1N8. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by Monday February 13, 2017, which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event and provide numbers for ordering sufficient coffee and cookies. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry to the event

SPEAKERS

Our speakers will each give two talks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

  Anna Pavord

Photo by George Wright
Photo by George Wright

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for The Independent and the author of numerous widely praised gardening books including “Plant Partners”, “The Border Book”, “The Tulip”, “The Naming of Names”, “The Curious Gardner”, “Bulb” and most recently “Landskipping”. She wrote for the Observer for twenty years, has contributed to Country Life, Elle Decoration and Country Living and was an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated from 1993 to 2008.  She writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as Chairman.

Anna was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1991, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Leicester in 2005.

For the last thirty years Anna has lived in Dorset, England where she gardens. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.

Here is a link to Anna’s article “Gardens-connect-us-to-the-past-and-let-us-dream-about-the-future” in the Independent this March 2016.

Linda Beutler

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Photo by Loma Smith-Weber

Linda Beutler has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection since 2007, and in 2013 she was elected the first woman president of the International Clematis Society. She is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and many other garden and plant societies.

Linda lectures on numerous gardening topics and is an accomplished garden writer for various publications, including Fine Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, and Birdwatcher’s Digest. She has taught horticulture at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR for over 20 years. Her passion for clematis led to the publication of her first book, Gardening with Clematis (2004) followed by Garden to Vase (2007), and Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (2016), all published by Timber Press.

Linda’s love of gardening began with harvesting strawberries with her grandfather at the age of three, and being given her own plot for radishes and string beans at age five. Her garden in Southeast Portland reflects her garden passions, including old garden roses, herbaceous perennials and shrubs for cutting, and her personal collection of the clematis genus which now numbers 300 separate species and cultivars.

Linda describes herself as a “typical Oregon liberal, unrepentant and a happy embarrassment to nieces and nephews and tender of clematis at work and at home.”

VISIT TO DARTS HILL GARDEN PARK – Saturday April 16, 2016

VISIT TO DARTS HILL GARDEN PARK – Saturday April 16, 2016

Guided Tours at 11:00am and 1:30pm

Darts Hill is the result of over seventy years of work and dedication guided by the vision of Francisca Darts, a former member of Vancouver Hardy Plant Group.  The 7.5 acre garden was donated to the City of Surrey in 1994 to become a horticulture center for the preservation, enhancement & development of plants.  There are many unusual & interesting trees, shrubs & perennials that make the garden unique.  The garden is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the peak months of April, May, June, and September.  Entrance to the park is by donation. 

Vancouver Hardy Plant Group is planning a visit to Darts Hill on Saturday April 16th and Pat Logie of the Open Garden Committee will arrange a guided tour for those members who wish to participate (each tour a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10).  Tours must be booked and prepaid two weeks in advance and the fee is $5.00 per person.  The tour times will be 11:00am & 1:30pm and run for approximately one to one and a half hours.  Members are individually responsible for a donation for admission to the garden. Members who are not planning to go on one of the guided tours may, of course, visit at any time during entrance hours. If you would like a take a prepaid guided tour please contact Pat Logie before Wednesday, March 30th – her contact details are in the recent notice emailed or mailed to members.

There is also a plant sale on that Saturday which offers a wide selection of perennials, ferns, ground covers, shrubs, and trees at very reasonable prices and ready to be planted in your garden. These plants have been selected from Darts Hill Garden and cared for by the Propagation Team.

 

Fall Study Day – Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Fall Study Day – Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver

Members pre-registered $40; non-members pre-registered $45 ALL tickets at the door on day of event $45

To register for the Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque made payable to Vancouver Hardy Plant Group for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members and all tickets at the door), to Gillian Collins, 2154 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6M 1N8. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques must be received by Thursday, October 20th which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event. You can, if you wish, drop a cheque off at Gillian’s address above.

 

SPEAKERS

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and writer who lives in Arlington, Virginia. He has designed landscapes for the United States Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the New York Botanical Garden. He has been featured in a range of publications including the New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Home & Design. Thomas and Claudia West, who members will remember spoke to our group in 2014, have recently published “Planting in a Post-Wild World – Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes”.  View Thomas’s blog – Grounded Design

Virginia Burt

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Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations. Virginia graduated with honors from University of Guelph in 1985 and worked in offices in Aspen, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario before founding Virginia Burt Designs in 1996.  Virginia’s love of the land, the inspiration for her work, began early in her life.  Growing up on an apple farm Virginia developed a passion for being outside and understanding the rhythms of nature.   For more than 30 years, Virginia’s design philosophy has reflected these roots, enabling her to create gardens and landscapes that reveal their natural context and sensitively reflect and support those who use them.  To view Virginia’s work here is a link to her website:  Virginia Burt Designs.

Egan Davis

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Egan Davis is an award-winning gardener with a lifelong passion for horticulture. His diverse background includes garden design, landscape construction, botanical garden operations and greenhouse and nursery production. He managed collections at VanDusen Botanical Garden and was the foreman at Park & Tilford Gardens. Through his outreach activities such as television, radio, print and lectures at conferences and garden clubs, Egan has been a strong advocate for the horticulture industry. By serving on the board of directors of HEBC, Egan has been involved with developing industry standards and policies. He has been a leader in the industry for many years by participating in senior roles at BC Landscape & Nursery Association events. Egan has taught horticulture in botanical garden, college and university settings and he brings the same passion and infectious enthusiasm for gardening to his teaching. When Egan is not teaching or working in the garden, he loves to explore the natural world by hiking and travelling to exotic ecological destinations.

 

 

Spring Study Day – Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Study Day – Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

 

SPEAKERS

Spring Study Day 2016 was a fantastic day when we enjoyed talks from Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter, UK, and Daniel J. Hinkley, of Windcliff, on the Kitsap Peninsula near Indianola, WA; and Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, WA.

Fergus Garrett

 Fergus Garrett for website

Fergus joined Great Dixter as Head Gardener in 1992 and worked closely with owner Christopher Lloyd as gardener and friend during an important time in the garden’s development. Now he combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with lecturing, writing articles, serving on Royal Horticultural Society committees and, as Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, moving the east Sussex garden forward in ever more exciting directions.

 Daniel J. Hinkley

Dan Hinkley

Dan Hinkley is a teacher, writer, lecturer, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, gardener…..he is best known for establishing Heronswood Nursery, in Kingston, Washington; and Windcliff, on the Kitsap Peninsula near Indianola, WA; and for collecting, propagating, and naming varieties of plants new to the North American nursery trade.

Above all, he is committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, above average garden plants, landscapes of distinction and raising the collective awareness of the diversity of plant life on Earth as well as the magic and mysteries of our natural world.

 Susie Egan

Susie Egan

Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, a private garden & plant nursery in Woodinville, WA, is a landscape designer, garden coach, writer and lecturer on various gardening topics from WA Native Plants to Wonderful Plants with Winter Interest.

Susie’s focus in recent years has been the study and propagation of woodland shade plants and spring ephemerals particularly Trillium, which she grows from seed. Cottage Lake Gardens is one of the only gardens that grow all of the 48 different species of Trillium in one location and Susie is in the process of establishing a National Trillium Collection whose purpose will be to study, conserve, grow, and propagate the endangered Trillium wildflower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Study Day – Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Fall Study Day – Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Time: 9:30 am -3:00 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver

Members pre-registered $40; non-members pre-registered $45 ALL tickets at the door on day of event $45

To register for the Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members and all tickets at the door), made payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, to Gillian Collins, 2154 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6M 1N8. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques must be received by Monday, October 19th which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event. You can, if you wish, drop a cheque off at Gillian’s address above.

SPEAKERS

 Gary Smith

 

W. Gary Smith
W. Gary Smith

W. Gary Smith lectures frequently at horticultural societies, public gardens, and professional conferences. As part of his efforts in encouraging landscape architects to focus more on plants and horticulture, he serves on the ASLA Education Advisory Committee, and developed the Planting Design Professional Practice Network for the ASLA. Formerly an Associate Professor of Landscape Design and Construction at the University of Delaware, Smith has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. During the spring term of 2012, Smith was the Nadine Carter Russell Chair in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.

In addition to receiving numerous project awards over recent years from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, W. Gary Smith received the prestigious Landscape Design Award from the American Horticultural Society. His book, From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, received an AHS Garden Book Award. Smith was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013.

 

Rosie Atkins

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Rosie Atkins was elected to the Royal Horticultural Society Council in 2010; she is to retire at the 2015 AGM. Rosie is Chairman of the Awards Committee and a member of the Horticulture Board, the Gardens Committee, the Lindley Library and Arts Committee, and the Woody Plant Committee. She is also the Garden Advisor for RHS Garden Rosemoor and an RHS Judge.

For eight years, Rosie was Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanic garden. She is Chairman of London Gardens Network, a member of Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Gardening for the Disabled Trust, and Patron of The Professional Gardeners’ Guild Trust Appeal, as well as The Fairbridge Society.

Rosie launched Gardens Illustrated magazine in 1992 and was awarded Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 1996. She has gardened in allotments, on roof gardens and the backyard of a London terrace.

 

The banner photo on this page of the Chelsea Physic Garden is courtesy of Andrew Locking of Andrew’s Walks

Evening Presentation: Andy Sturgeon, Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Design – Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Evening Presentation:  Andy Sturgeon, Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Design – Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver

 

AN EVENING WITH ANDY STURGEON

“DESIGNING THE SMALL GARDEN”

To register for this lecture please forward your cheque for $25 (members pre-paid), $30 (non-members pre-paid), (all tickets at the door – $30) made out to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, to Gillian Collins, 2154 West 37th Ave Vancouver BC V6M 1N8. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members.

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Andy is one of the world’s leading landscape and garden designers whose contemporary gardens are widely admired for their timeless architectural qualities, innovative planting and sculptural characteristics. A multi award-winning designer, he has won six gold medals and the coveted ‘Best in Show’ at the world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London and international accolades in Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

His commissions span the UK, Russia, Europe and the Middle East and he recently
launched Garden Design Asia based in Singapore, a landscape design service tailored to meet the needs of high-end private clients in Asia. He is a published author, journalist and broadcaster and an active commentator on the international landscape and garden design scene.

Andy was recently commissioned to design three unique roof gardens on top of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station in the biggest urban landscape in Britain. The roof gardens, which are part of the redevelopment of the 39-acre architectural landmark, will combine to create a two and half acre ‘Garden of the Elements’ referencing Fire, Water and Air, to embody the original use of the Power Station.

Here is a link to Andy’s website including his portfolio and news with details of his latest Battersea Power Station project.

 

 

The banner photo on this page is of Andy Sturgeon’s gold medal winning garden
sponsored by M&G Investments at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Spring Study Day 2015 – Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Spring Study Day 2015 – Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 3pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

 

SPEAKERS:

James Hitchmough

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Professor of Horticultural Ecology
Head of Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Sheffield
England

Professor Hitchmough will give us two talks –

 

South African meadow presentation.pdf

Garden meadows presentation.pdf

(Please note these documents take a few minutes to load)

“Rethinking the use of South African Plants at 53° North”

James designs complex naturalistic herbaceous vegetation, sometimes using biogeographic ideas, i.e. north american prairie, sometimes all just mixed up, from the perspective of really knowing the plants in their wild habitats.

“One of the most interesting things I have done is to explore and rethink the flora of the coldest parts of South Africa for use in design vegetation in the UK, partly in response to climate change. I and my Phd students have been doing this now for about 12 years, all based on seed collected in the wild. We have trialled hundreds and hundreds of species for winter wetness and cold etc. and we can pretty much do this in the UK now.”

“Translating the meadow into the garden”

This talk is about James’ more general approach to using plants from around the world, and how to design and build plantings that are robust and long lived but also very diverse and visually exciting.  He will show how plants from all over the world can be used to create plant communities in gardens using photographs from his projects, including his own garden.

Details of Professor Hitchmough’s research can be found on the University of Sheffield website.

Peter Korn

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Peter Korn has a large two-hectare garden located in Eskilsby, Sweden, where he is building a private botanic garden, using mostly sand and gravel. The area was covered with dense forest before he began to clear it for his garden.

“Learning from the Wild — how and why plants have adapted to specific conditions in nature”

By allowing plants in the garden to have similar growing conditions as in the wild, it can be easy to maintain functional plantings. This talk is about how and why plants have adapted to specific conditions in nature. Illustrated by a mix of photographs from nature and from Peter’s own garden; deserts, steppes, forests, alpines and a lot more.

“Sowing – a talk about seeds, from collection to propagation”

A talk about propagation from seed, mainly perennials; seed collection, cleaning and storing the seeds, seeding, seedlings, etc. Includes also finding sources for seeds and recommended seed lists.”

Peter’s book  Peter Korn’s Garden: Giving Plants What they Want was published in English in 2013.

 

The banner photo on this page shows a section of Professor Hitchmough’s
landscape design for the London 2012 Olympics.