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Gardening in a Waterwise Environment, October 15 and 16

Pacific Horticulture Summit Photo By: Saxon Holt Photo (cropped)

If you’re wondering how to re-design your garden to be beautiful in a waterwise environment without heavy dependence on water, Pacific Horticulture’s “Summit 2016: Shaping a New Garden in a Challenging Environment,” is a must.

The event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2016, combines educational and informative presentations at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts with visits to public and private gardens, nurseries, wineries and more. Along the way you’ll gather ideas for replacing lawns, learn how to create gorgeous waterwise landscapes that attract bees and birds, explore the principles of climate-appropriate design, and much more.

Saturday’s Speakers:

- Landscape architect Thomas Rainer, whose work includes landscapes at the U.S. Capitol grounds and New York Botanical Garden; he is also co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.
- Innovative landscape architect Michelle Sullivan, a principal at Mia Lehrer + Associates, is an architect for high-profile urban projects that are changing the nature of public landscaping.
- Bob Hyland, a plant-driven designer specializing in small gardens with a modern sensibility; his works with public gardens include Longwood Gardens and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
- Tom Fischer, a senior acquisitions editor at Timber Press, which is on the cutting edge of contemporary horticulture, will lead a discussion among the speakers.

After the presentations, participants will travel by chartered bus to 25-acre Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen. Quarryhill is famed for its wild-collected Asian plants.

On Saturday evening a reception will be held at 365-acre Shone Farm. Set amidst vineyards and rolling hills, it’s an outdoor educational laboratory for students of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture/Natural Resources Department.

Sunday’s Speakers:

- Phil Van Soelen, co-owner of California Flora Nursery and a California native plant expert. His photo presentation will illustrate effective use of native and summer-dry plants.
- Marilee Kuhlmann, a designer and watershed activist who embraces a broader view of water-sensitive design and maintenance practices. She’ll discuss rainwater harvesting and creating watershed-sensitive gardens.

On Sunday afternoon, participants will be given box lunches and maps of proposed driving routes that allow them to choose among horticultural and ecological highlights of the county, including Western Hills Garden in Occidental, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Sunset Test Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma, Laguna de Santa Rosa conservation land, two sensational private gardens, several one-of-a-kind nurseries, and wineries with sustainable grape-growing practices.

Details: Pacific Horticulture Summit 2016 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Saturday October 15 (8:00 AM - 7:30 PM) and Sunday, October 16 (8:00 AM -3:30 PM)
Meals Provided: 
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and evening reception, and Sunday breakfast and box lunch.
Cost is $225 for members and $250 for the general public.
For registration, lodging and travel information, visit the Summit 2016 website

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