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2017 NHS Spring Symposium-SOLD OUT

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

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Canopy to Ground Cover: New Approaches to Shade Gardening


Ken Druse, author, The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Joseph Atkin, Head Gardener, Aberglasney, Wales

Maurice Horn, co-owner Joy Creek Nursery

Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture Bloedel Reserve

Shade is a gardening reality for us. Whether it is cast by the native conifers, trees we plant or the structures and buildings around us shade can be looked at as a problem we solve or a celebration of another environment in which we can garden. The symposium this spring, Canopy to Ground Cover: New Approaches to Shade Gardening, explores how four experienced gardeners have worked to create garden havens that can be enjoyed throughout the year.


New approaches in our shade gardens involve not only plants and good design, but taking a larger view of our landscape and what it contains from the tree tops to the ground level matrix of plants and soil structure. Some may want to only create a slightly more ordered and tidy extension of the native woodland, but others may desire to create a complex community of shade tolerant treasures from around the world. Each of our presenters have looked at shade from more than one perspective and have developed gardening styles that have changed and matured with their experiences and reflect the locations they garden in and the ability to maintain these gardens over time.


Capitalizing on foliage and texture is more important than ever, ultimately making some of the most dramatic contributions in a garden’s aesthetic. Ken Druse, noted author and lecturer, is a master of these traits and has worked to integrate these principles in his work. As skillful with color as he is with foliage his plant combinations are beautiful, lasting and timeless. Joseph Atkin become the head gardener for Aberglasney Gardens in Wales in the spring of 2011. Since assuming this role he has continued to build the garden and grounds into one of the top garden destinations in Britain. Joseph works to meld the historic elements of an ancient landscape with new design concepts and the wealth of new and exciting plants available in modern times.


Our other two speakers represent the unique qualities of our region. Maurice Horn, owner of Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, OR., has spent many years gardening in dry shady conditions. Through trial and error Maurice has developed a rich pallet of plants that can thrive in this challenging garden condition. Maurice also has learned to observe before planting and will convey his insights to understanding shade and how light influences your design decisions. The Director of Horticulture for the famed Bloedel Reserve, Andy Navage, is known for his love of rare and unusual plants and a talent for cultivating these exceptional specimens. Andy will share with us one of the gems of Bloedel, the moss garden. The magical quality of this garden is subtle and sublime. Superficially appearing effortless and simple, Andy will reveal its complexities and the surprising diverse plantings of one of the most talked about garden areas of the reserve.





March 18
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$85/members and $105/non-members, fee includes lunch
Event Category:


Northwest Horticultural Society


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