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Patricia Smyth

Owner, The Essence of the Tree

Patricia Smyth comes from a rich history of horticulture. Her great-grandmother, Ann Norton, wrote a horticulture column for the Atlanta Constitution in the 1940s, and her mother (and previous business partner), Nancy Fiers, founded Mountain Maples. Since the 1980s, Tricia has worked in many aspects of horticulture, including owning a landscape company to many “working” holidays spent at home working alongside her mother in the nursery. In 1999 she joined the family business and fulfilled a leading role in expanding the nursery, with Japanese maples becoming her passion, comfort, and inspiration. In 2008 Tricia founded her new company, Essence of the Tree, devoted to providing gardeners the perfect tree for their gardens, containers, and bonsai.

Creating Container Gardens with Japanese Maples

By cultivating the essence of the mature tree, container gardening allows us to have the calm elegance of a tree in our outdoor living spaces. Container gardening seems to be the natural evolution as our gardens mature. In this seminar Trish will demonstrate the creation of a Japanese Maple Container Garden, including tree selection, containers, soil, root pruning, reduction pruning, companion plants and long term maintenance.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage