Front Yard Gardens Take Center Stage


Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Series
Fall 2013

Presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and co-sponsored by the Gardens at Heather Farm, the Pacific Horticulture Society and Timber Press.

One of the latest trends in gardening is creating exciting landscapes in the front yard. No need to limit your imagination to the backyard any more, with just the boring bare minimum parked out front—a patch of lawn, a row of shrubbery. You can have plenty of fun between the stoop and the street. Borders filled with perennials, annuals, and shrubs; habitats for butterflies and birds; even edibles. Not only will you enjoy the view, but so will your neighbors, and you’ll amp up the beauty and plant diversity of your community. Talk about curb appeal!

Our speakers include a lively mix of writers, designers, and garden experts. Gordon Hayward is a garden designer, author of eleven books, and contributing magazine writer and editor. His outstanding personal garden has been a longtime favorite in the Garden Conservancy’s popular Open Days program. Award-winning writer Evelyn Hadden is founder of the LessLawn website and author of several books, including her latest, Beautiful No-Mow Yards. Acclaimed guru of grasses, writer, and garden designer John Greenlee is the owner of Greenlee & Associates and author of The American Meadow Garden and The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses. Garden designer and author Ivette Soler champions the use of fruits and vegetables front-and-center in her recent book, The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden. And Vera Gates creates stunning, sustainable, and functional front-yard landscapes as a principal with San Francisco-based Arterra Landscape Architects. Read more about our speakers.

Come join us for a day of lectures, lunch, book signings and garden tours.

Date and time
Friday, October 25, 2013

9 a.m.                             Check-in and registration
9:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.   Lectures, lunch, book sales
3 p.m.                            Garden tours
The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Click here for a map and directions to the Gardens at Heather Farm

$85 Members of the Garden Conservancy, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Gardens at Heather Farm, and the Pacific Horticulture Society
$100 General admission

Register online or call the Garden Conservancy in San Francisco at 415.441.4300