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Debra Lee Baldwin Author Event

Front Yard Gardening Seminar

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Debra Lee Baldwin

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This event will take place at the Gardens at Heather Farm.

1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek

Succulents SimplifiedJoin The Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Gardens at Heather Farm for a presentation and demonstration by Debra Lee Baldwin. She will introduce us to her new book, Succulents Simplified, Debra Lee Baldwin's third book focused on succulents and a great addition to her other wonderful books. This book introduces Baldwin's favorite 100 succulents for gardens and containers, explaining how to grow them and introduces fantastic projects which use them.

Come fall in love with beautiful succulents and be inspired by creative ways to use them. Purchase event admission with or without the book. Ms. Baldwin will be doing book signings, talking about her book, and will also do a demonstration. This event is not to be missed! Come early for refreshments and early book signings – doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

$25 Registration

$45 Registration plus book purchase

Advanced ticket sales have ended.  Tickets will still be available at the door.

Horticultural Seminars
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Evelyn Hadden

Front Yard Gardening

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Series

This event will take place at the Gardens at Heather Farm

1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lectures

Garden Tours and Reception to follow.

**Early-bird pricing through October 7, 2013**
$65 Members of the Garden Conservancy, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Gardens at Heather Farm, and the Pacific Horticulture Society
$80 General admission

After October 7, 2013:
$85 Members of the Garden Conservancy, The Ruth Bancroft Garden, the Gardens at Heather Farm, and the Pacific Horticulture Society
$100 General admission

Find more information and register here.

One of the latest trends in gardening is creating exciting landscapes in the front yard. No need to limit your imagination to the backyard any more, with just the boring bare minimum parked out front—a patch of lawn, a row of shrubbery. You can have plenty of fun between the stoop and the street. Borders filled with perennials, annuals, and shrubs; habitats for butterflies and birds; even edibles. Not only will you enjoy the view, but so will your neighbors, and you’ll amp up the beauty and plant diversity of your community. Talk about curb appeal!

Our speakers include a lively mix of writers, designers, and garden experts.

Gordon Hayward: garden designer, author and editor. His outstanding personal garden has been a longtime favorite in the Garden Conservancy’s popular Open Days program.

Evelyn Hadden: Award-winning writer, founder of the LessLawn website and author, Beautiful No-Mow Yards.

John Greenlee: Acclaimed guru of grasses, writer, and garden designer.

Ivette Soler: Garden designer and author of The Edible Front Yard: .

Vera Gates: Pprincipal of San Francisco-based Arterra Landscape Architects.

Come join us for a day of lectures, lunch, and book signings! Optional garden tours and reception will fill out the day. Find more information and register here.

A Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Seminar, presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and co-sponsored by the Gardens at Heather Farm, the Pacific Horticulture Society and Timber Press.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Grant Funders

The Ruth Bancroft Garden would like to recognize the following grant funders:

The Quest Foundation for funding our Education Coordinator’s position

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our directional signs.

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy