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Hartford, Connecticut: Claudia West

  • The Mark Twain House 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT, 06105 United States (map)

Connecticut Horticultural Society Symposium 2018
Striking a Balance
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gardening is ever-changing. With introductions of new design styles, new plants and new methods it can all get a bit confusing:

  • I want my yard to support pollinators, butterflies, and other creatures – but I also want the plants I want, even if they don’t fulfill an “environmental function”
  • Should I only stick to native plants? What about the non-natives that so intrigue me?
  • I want to reduce my maintenance but I also want lots of gardens. Is that possible?
  • Should I have perennial borders, or focus on plant communities?
  • I love unusual plants and want lots of interesting foliage – can I do that and still be able to manage my gardens?

These and many more ideas will be discussed on Saturday, February 3, 2018, when the Connecticut Horticultural Society will present three experts who will DIG DEEP into contemporary thought about gardens to help you find your comfort zone amid a wide array of styles and choices. Featured speakers include:

Rick Darke: The Living Landscape

Gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife. But they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order and Rick Darke can show you where to begin. Learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter and sustenance for wildlife. For a complete list of Rick’s books and other fine points, visit:

Christina Salwitz: For the Love of Horticulture

Christina will talk about plants and combinations that WOW us. Her visually sumptuous slideshow will explore the flora, fauna and cultural artifacts that join us all in our love of horticulture. She is a “Hort-Head” of the first order, a writer of plant passions and a container gardening fashionista! Christina makes gardening about saving labor, time, and money; and above all having fun. She is the co-author of two books: “Fine Foliage” and “Foliage First” and she has recently traveled to England to photograph many famous gardens. If you follow her on Facebook, you will be constantly delighted by the gorgeous plant combinations that she creates and displays. Visit for more info.

Claudia West: Creating Stunning Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time

Plants are the foundation of healthy ecosystems and they bring beauty and joy to our lives. But great plants alone don’t automatically create lasting ecological benefits in our gardens. Claudia West will talk about spectacular perennials and grasses and how to use them in natural combinations that increase the ornamental, functional, and ecological value of your landscape. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. Enjoy and be inspired! Claudia is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World.”

REGISTER EARLY – a sellout is anticipated!  This full day of horticultural bliss is a perfect GIFT for the gardener in your life!
Click here to register and pay online.
Click here to print a paper registration form.

Earlier Event: February 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Claudia West
Later Event: February 3
Norfolk, Virginia: Thomas Rainer