*Custom presentations may also be available for your group.
Working and Designing with Tropical Plants in Temperate Gardens
If you’re searching for plants that will add exciting accents to a tired summer garden, last right up through the first hard freeze, and make you look like a horticultural rock star, look no further than tropicals. Using five memorable categories and a host of strategic design tips from her award-winning book Tropical Plants and How To Love Them, Marianne will focus on some spectacular examples that are easy to grow and much easier than you think to overwinter. Small garden? In Tropical Accents for Inspiring Containers, Marianne will share plants, tips, and techniques specific to containers to get your decks, patios, and balconies ready for a fabulous summer season.
Storing Tropical Plants in Temperate Climates:
Decisions, Tips & Techniques
Used strategically, tropical and subtropical plants can create incredible energy and excitement in the temperate landscape; but many gardeners unfamiliar with the genre are hesitant to dabble, unsure of the work involved. Using unique storage categories from her book Tropical Plants and How to Love Them, Marianne will help audience members discern what they can easily store, which plants may take more effort, and where to draw the line; providing tips and techniques for successful storage in cold climates.
Daring & Delicious:
Tropical Edibles for The Temperate Garden
Ginger, Hibiscus, Taro, Turmeric…Whether you harvest the stem, leaf, root, or flower, adding tropical edibles to the garden allows the temperate gardener-cook to work with the freshest flavors possible in an adventurous kitchen. Learn which tropical and subtropical plants make the most of a temperate climate, and how they can revolutionize your garden and your table.
Big Dreams, Small Garden:
Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space
Tiny balcony, lack of privacy, HOA restrictions, tough neighborhood…if you’re struggling with a difficult outside space you are not alone. Very few of us have ideal conditions outside, but by breaking down the process into manageable sections, shifting our perspective and cultivating a sense of contentment and peace in the process – we can create the garden that lives inside of us. Marianne will go over this process and share a few tips and real-life gardens from her book Big Dreams, Small Garden to help you get excited about your outside space – no matter what it is.
Plants, Placement, Perfect!
Creating Inspiring Containers
If you’re staring at that cluttered jumble of pots in the basement and wondering what you can do with them this year that won’t have you yawning before you even start, let Marianne help you create something that goes beyond the tired and traditional annual combos and boring, predictable placement. Utilize edibles and perennials, discover tropical treasures, consider adding the magical element of water, and learn what to look for when grouping plants for a successful container that thrives.
Keep Calm and Garden On:
Gardening in the Midst of Climate Change
While world leaders argue over the threat of climate change and its causes, gardeners find ourselves stuck in the literal and figurative trenches making the best of the challenges that face us. How can we best adapt to what is, right now, and make our gardens more resilient throughout the seasons? This talk focuses on key points we should consider when we design our gardens, and provides positive, productive measures for our soils, wildlife, and plants to help ease our concerns over the unknown.
The Recycled Garden:
Solving Problems Through Creative Repurposing
Repurposing materials in your garden saves money and is an environmentally sound practice; but used carefully, those materials can also add whimsey and make your garden unique. Marianne will help you train your eyes to see the ‘treasure’ in ‘trash’ by utilizing a series of steps designed to help you figure out what you need and what you have. From cast off chairs to the remnants of a building project to natural materials gathered along a roadside, salvaged finds have the power to put an individual stamp on your garden without costing you a fortune.
Garden Maintenance for Real Life
Even though we know our gardens don’t have to be perfect, it’s easy to feel like we’re falling behind. How do we determine if we need to work smarter for better results, or if the garden is in need of some serious surgery? By asking the right questions and providing smart maintenance tips, Marianne will guide the audience to re-balance their garden lives and once again find joy in the process.