co-author of the
book "Planting in a Post-Wild World," is a horticultural futurist
fascinated by the intersection of wild plants and human culture. A
landscape architect by profession and a gardener by obsession, Mr.
Rainer has worked on projects such as the U.S. Capitol grounds, the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden,
but is happiest puttering in his small garden in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rainer thinks you should use more natives, plant more daringly,
and loosen up that landscape.
"PLANTING IN A POST-WILD WORLD": Mr. Rainer will speak about his
refreshing and unusual approach to design, using naturalistic
plantings and a layered structure. He will explain how he picks
plants, both native and exotic, for their beauty and harmony, and he
will talk to us about reclaiming biodiversity and habitats in our
University of Delaware professor,
is the author of "Bringing Nature Home." He believes that all of the
space on a personís property should be treated as a wildlife
preserve, because this represents the last chance we have for
sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the
United States. Studies have shown that even modest increases in the
native plant cover on suburban properties significantly impacts the
number and species of breeding birds, even birds of conservation
"SURPRISES IN YOUR GARDEN": considered the guru of the habitat
movement, Professor Tallamy will reveal how your garden can host
many beneficial, and unknown, inhabitants that are necessary for a
diverse eco-system. Our nationís biodiversity, vital for our own
well-being, now depends more and more on human-dominated landscapes
for their continued existence.
from Raleigh, North
Carolina, is a freelance garden stylist and writer who has a strong
sense of curiosity, especially about plants and the gardens in which
they thrive. In her book, "Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited
Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, and Veggies in Your
Garden," she separates myths from facts about 45 different plants,
including their history, lore, science, and culture. Her home in
Raleigh, "Helenís Haven," is a certified wildlife habitat, a monarch
watch station, and also a native habitat certified by the state.
"GARDENING THROUGH THE YEARS": Ms. Yoest will give novice
gardeners tips from her 40-year career, explore plants with
benefits, and show gardeners with more experience how spaces can
become more complex. Senior gardeners will learn how to prepare the
garden to become less labor intensive, yet still remain satisfying
to the gardenerís soul.
DUNNETT is a
professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology at the
University of Sheffield, England, and is director of the
universityís Green Roof Centre. His work revolves around innovative
approaches to planting design and the integration of ecology and
horticulture to achieve low-input, dynamic, diverse, and
well-designed landscapes, tuned to nature, in both small and large
scales. He was one of the lead planting design consultants for the
London 2012 Olympic Park and is especially concerned about the need
for gardeners to conserve and use water wisely.
"ACHIEVING A FINE BALANCE IN YOUR GARDEN":
Professor Dunnett will illustrate how nature and ecological
principles can work together in a sustainable landscape design. He
will scale down his large projects, such as the grounds at the
London Olympic Park, into simple design elements that will work in
our own gardens. Layered plantings, rain gardens, and successional,
on-going flowering patterns come alive under his vision.
from Mt. Kisco, New York, uses
ideas based on ancient and modern practices, in an effort to uplift
people in a serene setting designed for "unplugging" and relaxing.
Her book, "Heaven is a Garden," is written to help you see your
backyard in a whole new light and help reawaken your senses to the
wonders of nature. Ms. Johnsen studied and worked in Japan and
Hawaii and has designed many gardens over the last 40 years. She
believes that every garden has its own persona and unique power of
"SERENITY IN A GARDEN": Ms. Johnsen will
demonstrate how to create our own serene and inspired garden. She
believes that we all need a place where we can throw off lifeís
cares and relax. She will show us how a curve can gently lead to a
special spot, or how the sound of water can soothe, all helping us
become healthier and happier.