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Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD

Award-winning designer and owner, Bobbie’s Green Thumb and author, Garden Renovation

Bobbie Schwartz, owner of Bobbie’s Green Thumb in Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been an obsessed gardener for forty-five years and an award-winning landscape consultant and designer for forty years. The bulk of her education is from conferences and seminars that she has attended plus years of trialing plants and visiting gardens in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. She is a longtime member of the Perennial Plant Association, Garden Writers, and Past President and Fellow of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She lectures nationally and is a regular contributor to publications on perennials and landscape design such as Ohio Gardener. She also writes regular columns on perennials and design for two Ohio landscape associations. Twenty years ago, she self-published The Design Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together, a compilation of articles she had previously written. Her latest book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, will be published by Timber Press in October, 2017. Bobbie has received numerous design awards, including the APLD Merit Award for Specialty Project (Residential Xeriscape); the Cleveland Botanical Garden/ASLA Merit Award for Ohio Environmental Beautification and the Perennial Plant Association Merit Award for Environmental Landscape Design.


Container Wars

Back by popular demand, we’ve lined up leading designers to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing from identical plant materials, leading designers in Alaska and Ohio, Brenda Adams and Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD, will ‘compete’ as they each create 3 gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

A Happy Marriage: Design Integration of House and Landscape

Your house has a style— Craftsman, Colonial, Tudor, Rustic, or Contemporary, to name a few. But have you tried to reconcile your landscaping with your home’s style? Using examples from classic and modern landscapes, you’ll discover several different approaches to resolve the frequent contradiction in styles. Learn your home’s architectural style, how to use your interior palette and repeat it outside, and gain an understanding of how you can blend your house with your landscape to complement them both.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Artful Garden Through Creative Garden Design

The most obvious notion of the artful garden is the incorporation of art, such as sculptures and ornaments. But have you considered your fence or arbors as artistic, and not just functional? By incorporating creative garden design, plus thoughtful choices and uses of plants, you can turn your garden into a living work of art. Discover how to be bold with color, how to make beautiful edible gardens, and how to incorporate recycled and found materials.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow