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Alex LaVilla

Perennial Buyer for Swanson’s Nursery and designer, Gardenculture Design

Alex LaVilla has been the Perennial Plant Buyer/ Merchandising Manager at Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle, WA for over 25 years. He is the owner of Gardenculture Design, a horticultural consultation and design business in Seattle since 2001. Alex is a practicing artist and brings his painterly eye and sculptural sensibilities into his garden design work. He has been the Chair of the Perennial Plant Selection Committee of the Great Plant Picks program since 2001, an educational outreach sponsored by the Elizabeth Miller Botanical Garden and Miller Horticultural Trust. He received a Silver Medal for his design of the Swanson’s Nursery display garden for the 2001 NWFGS.

Visit Swanson’s, booth #1218 in the South Hall, at this year’s show.


GARDEN 101: Small Space Solutions

Plant Combos to Enliven the Small Garden

So many garden desires, so little space. What to do? Join horticulturist Alex LaVilla, and garden writers Ruth Rogers Clausen and Dee Nash for their sage advice on selecting the right plants, creating beautiful combinations for year-round interest, and bringing out the best in the smallest of spaces. Whether you have a small plot of land, or a high-rise balcony, you can have a space enlivened by the beauty of plants that can give you joy.

Friday, Feb 19 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room