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Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Best-selling author, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden

Tracy has earned international acclaim as one of America’s most entertaining, knowledgeable, and artistic garden writers, professional speakers, and designers, with over 40 years of experience. She has not only spoken extensively throughout North America at venues such as Longwood Gardens, The Smithsonian Institute, The Toronto and Montreal Botanic Gardens, but her speaking and work has also taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Argentina, Portugal, Belgium, Scotland, and England. In England she has had the honor to speak at The Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, The Royal Horticulture Garden at Wisley, The Oxford Botanic Garden, and the English Gardening School. She is the author of three best-selling books from Timber Press: The Well-Tended Perennial Garden (over 200,000 copies sold and Timber’s bestselling book ever), The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, and 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants. And all-new 3rd Edition of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden was just released by Timber Press in time for the garden show – be the first to get your autographed copy! Tracy is a frequent guest on local and national garden television and radio shows. She has been featured in numerous national and international newspapers such as The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The National Post, and magazines such as Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design, & Gardens Illustrated. When Tracy is not busy with her “real job” she is training, and racing as a “9 x All American” for Team USA in triathlons. She is a three time National Champion, World Champion, as well as a Worlds Silver Medalist in her age group. Tracy is also an avid equestrian riding competitive trails, driving, and competing in dressage with her noble steed Chief.


Container Wars

Inspired by our hugely popular “Garden Wars,” we’re taking the battle to container gardening, perfect for patios, decks and balconies. Drawing from identical plant materials, Tracy DiSabato-Aust will ‘compete’ against Christina Salwitz as they each create 3 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 Tracy pulls together plants and shares her tips for designing luscious container gardens.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:00 am / Garden Wars Arena

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals and Bulbs

Go from blah to bodacious as you discover the design fundamentals of border building using the wide palette of plants available in today’s nurseries. Tracy covers design steps, color, texture, form, design principles of order, unity, and rhythm; garden art, maintenance of the mixed garden, as also mixed garden designs, vignettes, and combinations. This must-see seminar, by a renowned artist and keen plantswomen, will help you create a gorgeous and environmentally sound mixed garden.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Art of Pruning Perennials – Revisited

Are you new to the art of pruning perennials or could your skills use sharpening? Join the internationally renowned “Queen of Deadheading” for a lesson on innovative techniques of pruning perennials for season-long interest. Discover how to make your perennials flower longer and look their best when not in bloom; ways to delay their flowering or time the flowering for an important garden party; and how to layer a planting, improve the habit, control pests or prolong the life of perennials—all through cutting-edge pruning.

Friday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow