Philadelphia! That’s where Head Gardener Shawn and the Powells attended a week-long conference held by the American Public Garden Association (APGA) from June 20-25.
The focus of this year’s conference was to “spark a revolution in public gardens—to think differently and innovatively” (http://publicgardens.org/content/2011-conference). Many sessions were about sustainability—an especially vital topic in gardens today, and one that is of great interest to us here at PowellsWood.
One session talked about the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a national effort to create guidelines for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. They’ve created a helpful website, www.landscapeforlife.org, for home gardeners who want to incorporate sustainable practices in their own gardens. We also have “Landscape for Life” brochures available for visitors here at the garden.
Shawn and the Powells and other conference attendees also had the chance to visit some of the amazing gardens in the Philadelphia area. We’ll publish a blog entry soon with Shawn’s comments and photos of the gardens—be sure to look for it!
Back at home, Shawn was marveling about all the wonderful trees back east, but then realized how lush the Pacific Northwest appeared, and how fortunate we are to have such really huge trees—our magnificent cedars and hemlocks and Douglas firs!This entry was posted on 09/04/2011 in Northwest Gardening Blog by PowellsWood