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2016 NHS Spring Symposium

March 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

$85/members and $105/non-members, fee includes lunch

Sustainable Design for Beauty, Biodiversity, and Habitat

The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Seeking information for a more naturalistic and ecological approach to gardening using habitat and sustainability as criteria for both design and plant selection, the Northwest Horticultural Society, with support from the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation and the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, is pleased to present our 2016 Spring Gardening Symposium. 



Rick Darke

Rick Darke heads a consulting firm focused on landscape ethics, photography, and contextual design. Rick’s work blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and management of living landscapes. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, and The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

Rick will be giving both the opening and closing lectures. He will open the Symposium with a discussion of the living layers in local and regional landscapes, as they occur naturally and as they are modified by human activity. He will close the Symposium by demonstrating how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of vibrant gardens and community landscapes.

Jessi Bloom

Jessi is a landscape designer, professional horticulturalist, and certified arborist. She is the owner of N.W. Bloom, known for sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Her book Practical Permaculturehas been commended for providing inspiring examples and impeccable advice for analysis, design, and implementation of the permaculture approach to gardening.

Jessi will cover the basics of permaculture design and how it can be applied to water systems in our gardens. Here in the PNW, we either have too much water or not enough. Jessi will discuss different ways to catch, store, and absorb this precious resource.

Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is the co-author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns and the curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the plant collections. Richie also supervises Great Plant Picks, a program of the Miller Garden that has selected 900 exceptional plants for gardeners west of the Cascades.

Richie Steffen will focus on the amazing diversity of Pacific Northwest uncommon native flora that thrives in our gardens, from evergreen oaks to tantalizing bulbs. He will demonstrate how many of these garden rarities are exceptionally drought tolerant, easy to grow, and offer beautiful foliage and flowers that rival any exotic garden plant.




March 19
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$85/members and $105/non-members, fee includes lunch
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Northwest Horticultural Society


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Bastyr University Auditorium
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028 United States