Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Outdoor Living Extravaganza

National plant growers Proven Winners® will kick-off the 2011 gardening season by hosting informative and entertaining gardening events throughout the United States and Canada again this spring. These all-day, retreat-styled seminars have been incredibly popular over the past two years, with many selling out weeks, and sometimes months, prior to the event.

Here’s where gardening enthusiasts can enjoy a day filled with ideas and inspiration this year:
  • Atlanta, Georgia--March 4th
  • Seattle, Washington--March 18th
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin--April 8th
  • Toronto, Ontario--April 15th
Each of these Friday spring sessions will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by nationally recognized speakers that will inform and entertain those in attendance. Participants will enjoy a catered sit down 3 course lunch (I’ve had a sneak peek at the menu and it is seriously yummy), snacks throughout the day, raffle prizes galore—and everyone attending should plan to take home a gift bag filled with fun and useful gardening items. The event ends as we all stagger out loaded up with goodies and food at 4pm. All included in the $80 ticket price.

To read more about all the venues click here.

New for 2011;
Million bells 'Blackberry punch'
In Seattle the event will be held at the Newcastle Golf Club and our featured speakers include my good friend, author, horticultural whizz and highly entertaining speaker Marianne Binetti; Knock Out Gardens That Pack a Punch and Wallop the Weeds; Learn how to knock the socks off boring landscapes by adding more punch to your garden using Knock Out plants and focal points. You'll also learn how to layer plant material for 4 seasons of color in this fun and informative PowerPoint presentation. Plenty of take home ideas, practical growing tips and inspiration from some of the best gardens in the world.

New for 2011
Coleus 'Alligator Tears'
Willi Galloway is an award winning author, speaker, radio show commentator and edible gardening whizz; Mix It Up: Strategies for Adding Edibles into your Ornamental Garden. Why would you grow rows of basil in your backyard when you could plant a swath of this lush herb alongside cannas, hardy bananas and fuchsias to create a tropical-looking border by the front door? Adding edible plants into ornamental borders and mixed containers dramatically expands your plant palette and increases the productivity of your garden. Willi will give her recommendations for the best ornamental edible plants and varieties for the Pacific Northwest.

New for 2011
Agave 'Little Shark'
Christina Salwitz shares her artistic skill as a designer on her popular blog the Personal Garden Coach. I’m really looking forward to her talk; Foliage; Confessions of a Leafaholic. "You can have an affair with the flower. But, you're married to the foliage." Flowers can be the divas and the ephemera that draw us in for a closer look and rapturous fragrance. However, foliage is there as the ever strong support structure and often demanding leading role in your garden. Learn how a designer uses leaves and texture to produce the dramatic interplay that creates a striking landscape. This lively and energetic presentation will show you loads of pictures of foliage of all types from tropical to native that you can use this summer to make your garden or containers sparkle.  

Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'
And last but not least the Director for new plants at Proven Winners Rick Schoellhorn will give us a presentation; Only the Best for Your Garden. Proven Winners is dedicated to bringing only the best plants to the gardens of North America. Working closely with plantsmen and breeders from around the world, new and innovative potential Proven Winners' plants are vigorously trialed for years before introduction. The process of product development will be discussed in depth as well as unveiling the new introductions for your 2011 garden.

Register here or call the main office at 1-877-865-5818. Tickets sell out fast.

See you there!

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Photos courtesy of Proven Winners®

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