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Brenda C. Adams

Award-winning designer, Gardens By Design and author, Cool Plants for Cold Climates and There’s a Moose in My Garden

Brenda Adams is the author of the acclaimed books, Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective (University of Alaska Press, 2017) and There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North (University of Alaska Press, 2013). She teaches “Northern Garden Design and Creation” at the University of Alaska as well as the landscape design section of the Alaska Master Gardeners’ course. Brenda is the award-winning designer of Gardens By Design, Alaska’s premier garden design firm. She has designed over 200 unique and personalized gardens for both residential and commercial clients in Alaska. She’s a long-time master gardener and member of Alaska’s Rock Garden Society, the Perennial Plant Association, Garden Writers’ Association, Alaska Master Gardeners, and the Alaska Botanical Garden. She was president of the Homer Garden Club (2004-2010) and still serves on its board. Brenda’s designs have received three prestigious awards in the Perennial Plant Association’s annual international competition. Her 2012 award was the PPA’s highest, the Honor Award. She was also awarded the PPA’s Merit Award in 2007 and in 2009. She is the only Alaskan to receive either award. Brenda’s work has been featured in The American Gardener, Alaska Home magazine and the Anchorage Daily News. She is a frequent guest on radio offering advice to gardeners who toil in zone 2 through zone 5.


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 C. 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

Truly Compelling Combinations: Creating Sizzle and Subtlety

Have you ever wondered what makes some gardens absolutely outstanding? Would you like yours to be one of those too? Discover foliage, color, texture, form, and other plant attributes to create combinations that far exceed the beauty of each individual plant. Taking the notion of combination planting to a refreshing new level, you’ll learn techniques to design upbeat, dazzling, and exciting combinations as well as those with a calm, more subtle, but still memorable presence.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective

Cold climate gardening brings special challenges, but a harsh climate is no reason for a dull, colorless garden. The key is knowing the right plants that will bring beauty and thrive in even the chilliest environment. Discover exceptional species and cultivars—time tested in frigid Alaska—that were selected with emphasis on garden impact, outstanding beauty, ease of culture, early season and fall value, winter display, attractiveness to pollinators, and, of course, hardiness.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow