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Kirk R. Brown

Award-winning designer and past president, Garden Writers Association

A recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association ”Green Achiever” Award for advancing the cause of horticulture, Kirk serves as the Immediate Past President for Garden Writers Association, green business consultant, and national lecturer on horticultural topics from the 18th to the 21st Centuries. He has served as a judge of major exhibits for the Philadelphia Flower Show. Gardens that he has designed and installed have been presented with “Outstanding Design Awards” by PLNA, Perennial Plant Association, Pennsylvania Green Commission, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Association of Professional Landscape Designers. He is a graduate of Cornell University.

No Watering Required: Water-Wise Garden Design!

All the latest tips and techniques to bring your residential landscape into the Green Millennium with new methods and practices for water-wise design. The Three “R’s” (reduce, reuse, and recycle) make for sensible garden designing in combination with practicable water management. The seminar covers a breadth of current-event landscape design topics: rain gardens, rain barrels, storm water management, bio-retention, green roofs, dry stream beds, latest plant introductions—natives and species hybrids, and new design/install water features.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room

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, Garden Writers Association President and award-winning designer Kirk R. Brown will ‘compete’ against Portland’s popular designer and plant nerd Lucy Hardiman as they each create three 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!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

Special Presentation: A Visit from Frederick Law Olmsted

Designer, horticulturist, and lecturer Kirk R. Brown channels Frederick Law Olmsted, considered to be the father of Landscape Architecture and the first leading spokesperson for conservation and sustainable practices. Responsible for designing over 6,000 landscapes in North America, Olmsted’s legacy includes the grounds of The White House, Central Park, and a conservation movement that is still challenging the world today. His influence is enormous; he created entire cities out of the American wilderness. Moreover, his inspiration extended to his son and stepson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted—founders of the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. Hailed as visionaries, they helped found the forerunner to the system of parks throughout Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. In this fascinating and moving reenactment (in costume), of Frederick Law Olmsted himself, discover the impact of FLO, and come away inspired to create a garden that benefits you now—and will continue to benefit future generations to come.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room