Garden Life: Art, Flowers, & Food

There are spaces available for Garden Life. Registration is open online until midnight June 17, 2016. Or you can pay at the door on Saturday June 18, 2016. The program starts at 9:00am and check in is at 8:30am.

Marin County Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
Ross, CA 94957

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Join Pacific Horticulture and the Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) for a day of inspiration as we explore the many gifts of the midsummer garden. Celebrate the season and a garden-based life with a day of lectures and workshops with local artists, growers, and designers held indoors and out on the beautiful grounds at MAGC.

Pacific Horticulture editor, Lorene Edwards Forkner and MAGC executive director, Antonia Adezio, will moderate the day.

Featured speakers:

  • Stefani Bittner, “Designing a Garden Life”  Join Stefani for a discussion on how to translate the current homesteading movement to your own garden, beautifully. Make your garden work for you by including plants that provide a year round harvest, composting sources including compost bins, worms, and backyard chickens, and how to grow your own organic fertilizer.

– Stefani Bittner is co-owner of Homestead Design Collective and co-author of Beautiful Edible Landscapes

  • Janet Sluis, “Powerhouse Plants”  Janet has shopped the world to identify plants that thrive with less water and less work. Through slides and live plants, Janet will introduce her garden favorites with a focus on colorful blooms, year-round interest, and providing a healthy natural habitat to create a beautiful resilient landscape.

– Janet Sluis is a horticulturist with the Sunset Western Garden Collection with more than 20 years experience in plant production and a family history in horticulture.

  • Alethea Haramopolis, “Garden-based Floral Design”  Using cuttings from the Marin Art & Garden Center landscape and clippings from a home garden popular Studio Choo floral designer, Alethea will demonstrate how to create a lush seasonal arrangement that reflects your personal garden style.

– Alethea Haramopolis is co-owner of Homestead Design Collective and Studio Choo West, and the author of The Flower Recipe and The Wreath Recipe.

  • Sean Stout & James Pettigrew, “Inventive Repurposing in the Landscape”  Prepare to be inspired as Sean and James show how creative repurposing and inventive design can be integrated into any style of garden. In a passionate and lively presentation, they’ll profile some of their favorite projects that demonstrate the transformation of found and recycled objects into patios, paths, garden walls, fountains.

– Sean Stout & James Pettigrew—the Organic Mechanics—have been transforming found and recycled materials into artful gardens since 1997

  • Sasha Duerr, “Natural Color”  Sasha will demonstrate how to create natural color from seasonal flowers and herbs, prunings, weeds, and common edible plants. You’ll discover the biodiversity and range of plant-based dyes reflected in the Bay Area’s own “Seasonal Color Wheel” for an abundance of local color to keep you inspired to create from your garden all year long.

 – Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer and an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes and the forthcoming Natural Color.

$115 for PHS and MAGC members
$140 for the general public

Our day’s program includes morning continental breakfast, lunch in the garden catered by the popular San Rafael restaurant Il Davide, and a wine reception at day’s end.

Questions? Call our office at 510-849-1627 or send us an email to