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This Months Meeting

MARCH 26, 2015 

“Natural Companions: Inspiring Combinations of Plants that Grow Together - Culturally & Aesthetically - & Bloom at the Very Same Time" 


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Award-winning garden writer and photographer Ken Druse presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species. This talk introduces heat- and cold-tolerant varieties that will thrive in our part of the world. Organized by theme within topics including: seasons, color, fragrance, foliage, grasses, wetlands and ponds, edible flowers and much more.

Along with the garden photos, the presentation features unique botanical images created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology. Cuttings of plants and flowers (often grown in Ken’s Sussex County, NJ garden) were arranged on an oversized flatbed scanner. The results reveal the vivid characteristics of favorite plants with amazing color, depth and clarity. Ken’s garden has gone through some difficult times, recently, and you will travel with Ken through the trials of gardening in the “new environment.”

 Ken’s book presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that look great together for amazing depth and color adding interest, texture and forms; all aspects of good design principals for our artists and floral designers to help with ideas for plant and flower companions as well as amazing foliage colors for added interests.

 Gardeners will discover an inspirational guide -- presented in Ken’s witty style and with stunning presentation techniques. Called “a gardening superstar,” in Publisher’s Weekly, and “the guru of natural gardening and eco-sensitive gardening,” in the New York Times, Ken Druse is a celebrated lecturer, and an award-winning photographer and author. He has contributed to nearly every gardening and decorating magazine such as the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, This Old House, and others.

He is best known for his 18 books (which Anne Raver writing in the New York Times called “bibles for serious gardeners”). His work, Making More Plants, won the award of the year – the top honor – from the prestigious Garden Writers Association. The American Horticultural Society listed The Natural Garden among the best books of all time.

 In 2004, The Garden Club of America awarded Ken The Sarah Chapman Francis medal for lifetime literary achievement.

 Ken can also be found on his podcast and public radio show Ken Druse Real Dirt, through their computers, via iTunes and on the home page of Organic Gardening magazine.

 Ken’s book, “Natural Companions:  The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations,” is filled with an incredible amount of horticultural guidance, useful plant recommendations, and gardening lore—all written in Ken’s charming, witty style—this book is a must-have for gardeners and lovers of plants and flowers.  This book will be for sale at our meeting.  Book signing immediately follows Ken’s seminar.

 Expressions in Art & Flowers

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

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