In fact, by investing a little time and energy up front you can not only create beautiful landscapes, but reap the many long term rewards of creating gardens specifically designed to thrive in the environment in which they are planted.
Ditch The Thirsty Lawn - Sustainamania
September 20th and 21st
Free to the public
23570 Hwy. 121
Sonoma, CA 95476
(just South of the Napa/Sonoma junction)
Cornerstone and the Garden Conservancy will be hosting an expert group of regional horticulturists and nurserymen/women for a two day extravaganza that explores creating beautiful, sustainable gardens that need little water. Leading experts in sustainable gardening will come together for the first time to offer two free days of advice, ideas and inspiration, including several display gardens and an extensive nursery of plants specifically selected to thrive in our region. The two day program features leading experts in the area of sustainable landscaping, including John Greenlee, Kate Frey, Alrie Middlebrook and Chris Woods, nurserymen and horticulturists drawing attention for their roles in creating a new paradigm for the American garden by advocating for the replacement of the traditional lawn.
A select number of retailers will present the best and most varied garden related materials such as plants to tools, pots, outdoor furniture, books and gifts. They are: Artefact Design & Salvage, Translations, Sloat Garden Center, A New Leaf Gallery, and The Market Café.
Tours: Each garden has an informative plaque which explains the garden, as well as contains a brief bio on each designer. A guidebook is for sale for $12.95 which gives a more comprehensive description of each garden, numerous photos, as well as photos of some of the designers' other work. Cornerstone can provide docent tours for groups of 10 or more.
About John Greenlee: Owner of Greenlee Nursery. He believes that gardens are most beautiful when they work in harmony with their natural surroundings, productively building on existing soils and climates to create something that requires minimal resources to succeed and thrive.
Greenlee Nursery, Inc.
15993 El Prado Rd.
Chino, CA 91708