Dry Garden Design: The Continuing Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2019


8:30-9:30 Check in/ Continental breakfast

9:30-9:45 Welcome &  introduction to the symposium
Susan Van Dyne, Chair Symposium Committee

OPENING KEYNOTE:The Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden (9:45-10:30)
Antonia Adezio, Executive Director of Marin Art and Garden Center & Founding President of The Garden Conservancy.

10:30 Break

PANEL #1: Dry Gardens: Palettes and Possibilities (10:45- noon)
Moderated by Becky Harrington, Director of Business Development at Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery and former Executive Director, Ruth Bancroft Garden.
Panelists: Jason Dewees, author of Designing with Palms, and horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens; Kelly Kilpatrick, owner & designer for Floradora Garden Design; Charlotte Blome, Residential Operations Manager/ Ecological Landscape Specialist, Ruffolo, Inc. and former Garden Manager at The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

12:00-1:00 Boxed lunch in the Garden

PANEL #2: Preserving a Vision: Challenges of a Mature Garden (1:00 -2:15 )
Moderated by James Brayton Hall, President of the Garden Conservancy.
Panelists: Kara Newport,  Executive Director at Filoli Center; Jabari Taylor, Assistant Landscape Architect at Prospect Park Alliance, New York; Shelagh Fritz, Program Manager, The Gardens of Alcatraz, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

CURATOR’S KEYNOTE: Iconic Plants of the Ruth Bancroft Garden (2:15- 3:00)
Brian Kemble, Curator of The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

3:00 Break

CONCLUDING KEYNOTE: Re-imagining Gardens of the Future (3:15 – 4:15)
Johanna Silver, author of The Bold Dry Garden, Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

RECEPTION in The Ruth Bancroft Garden (4:30-6pm)

SUNDAY 8:30AM-4:30PM*

8:30-9:00 Continental  Breakfast

9:00 Convene in Visitor Center  for overview of talks and tours throughout garden and access map to private gardens to tour in the East Bay

MORNING: Garden Study Tours in the Ruth Bancroft Garden. (9:15 – 11:30) 
Participants will see the garden through the eyes of important stewards of the garden: Stew Winchester, Troy McGregor, Walker Young, and Brian Kemble.

Special mini-tours of iconic plants of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, highlighting those available for purchase in the nursery. Tours start at 9:30 and are available on the hour and half hour.

11:30- 12:30 Boxed lunch in the garden  — Special display of iconic plants for sale in the nursery

AFTERNOON: Self-guided Tours of Private East Bay Gardens. (12:30-4:30) 
Exclusive access to stunning private gardens in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Berkeley and Oakland.


Space is limited. Reserve your space by purchasing your tickets now. Ticket includes all activities for both days plus continental breakfasts, boxed lunches, and evening reception on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

$195 for 2-day package – Non-members

$175 for 2-day package – Members of the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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* Note: APLD members will receive 8.25 CEU credit for participation in the two-day symposium. Required sign-in sheets will be available at the event.