Summit 2016

Shaping a New Garden in a Challenging Environment

A California native plant meadow in spring in the garden of Phil Van Soelen.  Photo: Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic.com

A California native plant meadow in spring in the garden of Phil Van Soelen. Photo: Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic.com

Gardens are powerful. When it comes to addressing environmental challenges, a beautiful landscape speaks louder than words or municipal restrictions. Join Pacific Horticulture for an inspiring weekend in beautiful Sonoma County exploring gardens rooted in natural systems, regional culture, and local geography.

Saturday begins with a look at contemporary design and planting principles by our keynote speaker Thomas Rainer, landscape architect and co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World. Michelle Sullivan, principal at Mia Lehrer & Associates, will offer her perspective on designing cities and public spaces, and Bob Hyland, garden and container designer, will discuss creating impact in small spaces. We’ll wrap up our lectures with a discussion lead by Tom Fischer, senior acquisitions editor at Timber Press, before heading out to learn about conservation efforts at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Our day ends with a reception at Shone Farm, an environmental education laboratory and home of the award-winning Shone Farm Winery.

Sunday we’ll hear from Marilee Kuhlmann, garden designer and president of Urban Water Group, who explores designing from a watershed perspective, and Phil Van Soelen, co-owner of California Flora Nursery, shares his experience growing and working with California natives and plants adapted to the region. To end the weekend, we’ve arranged a self-driving tour of private gardens, local nurseries, wineries, and public conservation projects in the area.

Further details and registration information here.