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Brenda C. Adams

Designer, garden educator and author, There’s a Moose in My Garden

Brenda Adams is the author of the acclaimed book, There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North (University of Alaska Press, 2013). Her latest book, Great Plants for Alaska and Other Cold Climates will be released by University of Alaska Press in early 2017. 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, designing over 200 unique 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. 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 — the only Alaskan to receive either award. She has been featured in Horticulture, Alaska Home magazine and the Anchorage Daily News.


Having it All: Beauty and Low Maintenance

Everyone wants a low maintenance garden, yet too many find ourselves struggling with one that is nearly impossible to maintain. How can you create something that’s both beautiful and enjoyable? Brenda Adams offers a fresh perspective on ways to create a new garden or renovate an existing one to reduce your maintenance. You’ll gain a new understanding of the most important design concepts that will help you achieve your garden goals.

Friday, Feb 19 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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.

Saturday, Feb 20 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow