Gardening Workshop

"The Rabbit's Eye View—Long Term Plant Performance"
Noel Kingsbury, Ph.D., Garden Writer

  • Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 9:00 am3:00 pm

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? How will my new border look in five years time? This full-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations. Gardeners and designers can then use their experience and knowledge of plants to plan for the maximizing of interest and the minimizing of maintenance at all seasons.

In this workshop, Noel aims to get people thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in gardens. He's particularly interested in getting students to get "the rabbit's eye view"—believing that close observation of garden plant growing habits and life cycles can add enormously to our ability to be good gardeners and designers but also add to a better appreciation of our plants.

About Noel Kingsbury

Noel Kingsbury has been described as "the voice of authority with renegade" undertones. A gardener since childhood, he has run a nursery, designed gardens and public spaces, and done doctoral research at the University of Sheffield's world-renowned Department of Landscape. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design, but is passionate about any kind of innovation in the garden or the wider greenscape, as well as being someone who asks awkward questions, probes the lazy consensus and speaks his mind. Noel has also written some 20 books on garden matters, as well as the only history of plant breeding. He is currently working on his fourth book with Highline designer Piet Oudolf.

$80.00 for members, $95.00 for nonmembers.
Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or to register for this workshop. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Registration is considered complete when payment is received.
Cancellations can be made through March 1, 2013 (Friday) and will incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.
Conference Room, Brickhaven Building (next to the JCRA), 512 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the Brickhaven Building.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this workshop.