February 1, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Non-Member +$30.00, Member +$25.00
Elisabeth Cary
413.298.3926, x15

Sign up for both programs on February 1 and receive a 10% discount:  Grow More With Less + New and Exciting Trees and Shrubs

rainbarrelJoin Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, Vincent Simeone, for an in-depth look at gardening for the future. Sustainable gardening is not a dirty word; it’s good for the environment as well as the gardener. Save your knees and back and keep your bargain with nature. This program offers detailed, strategic timelines for both short- and long-term gardening techniques. Consider how to make the best plant selections possible, manage invasive species, make the most of your lawn (regardless of its size), use IPM (integrated pest management) and conserve water with proper irrigation, rain barrels and cisterns. Even when the solution is to do nothing—for instance, leaving some parts of a lawn un-mowed in order to save time and money while attracting local wildlife—this lecture will help you to confidently make that call. With effective, time-proven recommendations, field-tested in a large botanical garden and adapted for home use, Vincent Simeone will share his complete step-by-step personal roadmap for green gardening. There will be a book sale and signing after the lecture.

Vincent Simeone for the past 22 years has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York, where he is the Director. He has written and contributed to various gardening articles for magazines and newspapers and has published five books: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens, The Wonders of the Winter Landscape and Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods. In 2010, Vincent contributed to a first-ever textbook on public garden management, and the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association honored him as Man of the Year. He teaches horticulture classes at New York Botanical Garden and Hofstra University. Over the last 14 years, Vincent has assisted Allan Armitage with garden tours through Southern England, Northern France, Southern Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.

Sign up for both programs on February 1 and receive a 10% discount.

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