HPS at Bodysgallen Hall, Wales, 2014 Regional and topical Special Interest Groups Treborth Botanic Garden, Wales, 2014 Seed Exchange Seed Exchange Volunteers at the Henry Foundation Redbud courtesy of Carol Verhake Shoppers at the 2014 Fall Gardeners' Market Rose by Sue Silverstein

Design Principles for Sustainable Gardens

Lehigh Valley Lecture, 2pm Sunday, Apr 12 

Plan to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon in Schnecksville near Allentown starting with a lecture at 2 pm by Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens.

Bruce Crawford

Sustainable is a big buzzword these days, but often we fail to consider how the garden can make your home both more energy efficient and friendlier to the environment. Your garden can actually play a huge role in balancing the harm done by a home, autos, and other creature comforts. This program will outline a number of design techniques, such as thoughts on using recycled items, plant placement and even deer resistant plants that will simultaneously help mother earth and provide a more attractive garden for year-round enjoyment!

A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce is responsible for the 180-acre garden for Rutgers University, and is also an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers. Bruce lectures frequently and has yet to find a plant that he does not like!

Fee: $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register at www.pennhort.net/lehigh. The Eugene & Marie-Louise Jackson Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Allentown Garden Club, the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Round out the day with lunch or dinner at an area restaurant and visit interesting local sights.

Travel directions will be sent to registrants in early April. 

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The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group (HPS/MAG)

We are a not-for-profit volunteer organization for gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic region. We encourage gardeners - from beginners to professionals - to learn more about horticulture and to share their skills, knowledge, and plants with each other.  Members gather throughout the year to visit gardens and nurseries in the Delaware Valley. We sponsor plant sales, trips and seminars; and lectures about plants, ecology, design and propagation, and conservation.