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Kerry Ann Mendez

Award-winning designer, Perennially Yours and author, The Budget Wise Gardener

Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. In 2015 and 2016 she presented over 215 lectures to more than 20,000 gardeners in 16 states and Canada. As an exceptionally popular educator and communicator, she has received over 350 five-star reviews from her lecture audiences on In 2014 she received the Gold Medal award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for “Exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture.” Kerry Ann has been a featured speaker at botanical gardens, arboretums and horticultural societies in 16 states, including the U.S. Botanic Gardens, U.S. National Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Longwood Gardens and many more. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at Master Gardener conferences in 15 states plus dozens of flower shows including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, she has been a frequent presenter at nursery and landscaping professional organizations and Green Industry events as well as many leading nurseries and garden centers. Kerry Ann has written three gardening books, her most recent, The Right-Size Flower Garden (St. Lynn’s Press, 2015) has been reviewed by over 40 publications nationwide. She is currently writing her fourth book, The Budget Wise Gardener, to be published by St. Lynn’s Press in February 2018. Kerry Ann’s monthly e-newsletter and blog go out to over 14,000 subscribers throughout the United States and Canada. In 2016 Kerry Ann started producing international gardening Webinars that have been enjoyed by thousands.

Kerry Ann’s appearance sponsored by Garden Design, Plantskydd Animal Products and Proven Winners.


Gardening Simplified: Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed Gardeners

Change happens. Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. Time for some ‘editing’. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to ‘autopilot’ as you can get.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Plant the Best for Less! Money-Saving Tips for Plants and Design Ideas

Discover a wealth of ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional plants. The plant sources and strategies will surprise you! Also covered are striking design concepts for eye-popping, pollinator-friendly landscapes requiring less maintenance and water. And container gardening takes on a whole new spin with these cost-effective, creative ideas!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow