Judith Irven: Vermont Garden Speaker

Talks and Workshops

I offer a collection of talks on the art of designing beautiful and satisfying gardens in harmony with New England’s climate and landscape. Every talk is illustrated throughout with exquisite photographs of real gardens.

For gardeners who want to learn how to design their own gardens I also provide hands-on group workshops.

I have extensive experience as a garden speaker and educator, including regular engagements at the Vermont Flower Show and Shelburne Museum‘s SpringFest, and for numerous garden clubs and other organizations around the state. For the past decade I have also been a guest lecturer for the Master Gardener class offered by University of Vermont Extension, where I teach Sustainable Home Landscaping.

Garden Talks and Workshops

–FROM AESTHETICS TO PRACTICALITIES–

‘Your garden by design’

Learn how to create a garden that is pleasing yet practical, reflects your dreams and responds to your site.

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'Your garden by design'

Rhapsody in Blue

A medley of blue flowers and great companions for cold climate gardens

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Rhapsody in Blue

The best of the woodies

Learn about the ‘best of the woodies’ for New England gardens and how to incorporate them in your personal design.

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The best of the woodies

Up close and personal

Explore the challenges and opportunities of ‘gardening on a hill’

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Up close and personal

Delighting in the details

In this talk we look at how attending to the details can make your garden shine.

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Delighting in the details

The Sustainable Garden

Learn how to make a garden that is both easy on the gardener AND gentle on the earth.

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The Sustainable Garden

A garden for all seasons

Creating a tapestry of color from spring to fall and a picture of elegance in winter

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A garden for all seasons

White magic

See how to create a garden that is as lovely in January as it is in July.

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White magic

A sense of place

Gardens that celebrate our natural landscape … Continued

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A sense of place

Two legendary Maine gardens

Contrasting beauty but a shared history … Continued

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Two legendary Maine gardens

Grand designs to hidden gems

Evolving patterns of garden design … Continued

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Grand designs to hidden gems

Small group workshop

DESIGN YOUR OWN GARDEN: In a workshop setting develop a unique design for your own garden.

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Small group workshop

Large group workshop

SUSTAINABLE GARDEN DESIGN: Learn how to design a garden that is beautiful, easy to maintain, and a positive influence on the environment.

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Large group workshop

 

2013 Scheduled talks:

February 23: for the Vermont Hardy Plant Club

White Magic: a Vermont garden in winter

March 12: for the Middlebury Garden Club

A Garden for all seasons

March 1: at the Vermont Flower Show

12:00 NOON Easy on the gardener; gentle on the earth

March 2 : at the Vermont Flower Show

12:00 NOON Rhapsody in Blue

May 12 at Shelburne Museum’s SpringFest

10:30 AM: Easy on the Gardener: Gentle on the Earth

12:00 noon: A Garden for all Seasons

Thursday May 16 for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Department

7:00 PM: Easy on the Gardener: Gentle on the Earth