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This Months Meeting

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 

“Gardens To Live In: Creating Livable Outdoor Spaces with Style" 


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Gardens need more than just plants, paths and walls; they need chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too! Learn how you can expand your livable habitat by using the right furnishings to complement your garden style. Vanessa Gardner Nagel surveys a range of styles and the furnishings that complement them so you can create your own fabulously livable outdoor space.

 As a youngster, Vanessa Gardner Nagel’s grandfather bequeathed her with the love of plants in Minnesota, while her mother taught her to weed in California.  Vanessa spent over 20 years as a commercial interior designer and turned her global design experience inside-out into landscape design.  She taught design at Maryhurst University and has gardened for over 40 years.  Today, after more than 30 years as a designer, Vanessa is an award-winning, eco-conscious, garden designer and supports the design philosophies of integrating the exterior with the interior and 'finding the common thread' when 'weaving' a garden design.

Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ, is the author of “The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings,” and“Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers,” both from Timber Press. She received an Award of Merit in 2014 from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and Sunset Magazine awarded her an Award of Excellence in the 2004 Landscape Design Competition. Vanessa is the owner of Seasons Garden Design LLC in Vancouver, WA, and a certified member of the APLD as well as the International Communications/Outreach Director on their international board. She has gardened for over 40 years and continues her love of plants with her clients and in her own garden, Dragonfly Hollow.

 Vanessa’s book, ”The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings,” will be for sale.  Book signing immediately follows her seminar. 

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 Expressions in Art & Flowers

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

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