Design, all-season gardens to be discussed at Education Day March 13

evergreen in snow and bee, butterfly, aster, goldenrod
Photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

Two great speakers will be featured at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by the Master Gardeners in Erie County.

Rick Darke, the photographer and co-author with Doug Tallamy of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will present “Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes.” 

Paul Zammit, a professor at Niagara College in Ontario and past director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, will present “Planning and Planting for All Seasons.” 

Since the program will be virtual, there aren’t space limitations.

The fee is $35 for the public and $30 for Master Gardeners outside of Erie County and CNLP’s.

Registration is required. Register here.

Darke’s richly illustrated talk will present ideas for plant selection, design and care of home landscapes. When designed to support a great variety of life, your landscape will be full of surprise, beauty and interest every day. The presentation will feature Darke’s own photos of gardens and designs that have proven to be practical, durable, conserving and affordable.

Zammit believes gardens do not have a yearly start or end date. They transition from one season of display to the next, including winter. Each season has its shining stars and Zammit will highlight some of his favorites during his lively and energetic presentation. He understands gardening in our region and will share practical advice for a garden with year-round appeal.

The schedule for the day will be:

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Paul Zammit presentation

10:30 – 11 a.m. Q&A for Paul Zammit, introduction of Rick Darke

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Rick Darke presentation

12 – 12:45 p.m. Q&A for Rick Darke, closing comments

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