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Greg Butler

Designer, educator and owner, Design of the Times

After spending a couple of decades in both the entertainment business and the F.B.I. (Food and Beverage Industry), Greg woke up one day after a little brain surgery to discover that he was a gardener. By combining several years of subsequent education with an inherent inability to keep his opinions to himself, Greg has been educating and entertaining gardeners of all levels of interest as a teacher, lecturer, and garden coach for nearly two decades. In his spare time he runs the design and consulting firm Design of the Times, which specializes in the renovation and relocation of residential and public gardens. Greg puts a particular emphasis on helping his clients create functional, easy-care gardens and landscapes that don’t depend on pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or any other kind of synthetic tom-foolery for success. He also spends an enormous amount of time arguing with his wife (also a landscape professional) about what to do in their own garden, which they have dubbed “The Garden of the Shoemaker’s Children.”


A Dry Sense of Humus: Strategies for a Resilient Garden

Dwindling snow packs and record breaking heat brought withering drought to the West Coast in 2015, resulting in parched gardens and hefty water bills. This seminar will take an amusing look at the folly of trying to grow an English Garden in a Mediterranean climate and offer strategies for making your garden more resilient to these drier times by designing the irrigation out and selecting plants that laugh in the face of global warming.

Sunday, Feb 21 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room