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


OPENING KEYNOTE: The Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden
Antonia Adezio, Executive Director of Marin Art and Garden Center & Founding President of The Garden Conservancy.

PANEL #1: Dry Gardens: Palettes and Possibilities
Moderated by Becky Harrington, Director of Business Development at Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery and former Executive Director, The 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.

PANEL #2: Preserving a Vision: Challenges of a Mature Garden
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
Brian Kemble
, Curator of The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

CONCLUDING KEYNOTE: Re-imagining Gardens of the Future
Johanna Silver
, author of The Bold Dry Garden, Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

RECEPTION in The Ruth Bancroft Garden


SUNDAY 8:30AM-4:30PM*

MORNING: Garden Study Tours in the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
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.

AFTERNOON: Self-guided Tours of Private East Bay Gardens.
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.