Inspired Design Lessons: New Webinar from Kerry Ann

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My next webinar, Inspired Design Lessons Learned from Magnificent Gardens in England, Canada and the United States, will be on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Breathtaking gardens will be the classroom for great take-away lessons that elevate landscapes from ordinary to spectacular! What better time than drab winter days to view stunning gardens and plan outstanding make-overs for your own landscape next spring.

Japanese blood grass

Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden, highlighting the crimson leaves of Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, Japanese Blood Grass. © Richard Bloom

The presentation embraces many elements of great design including the use of focal points, plant material, garden rooms, repetition, color, texture, scale and much more. Registrants do not have to attend the live webinar on January 26 to enjoy the lecture! All registrants will receive an email with the lecture link a few days after the broadcast, allowing them to watch it at their convenience, as many times as they wish.
Bressingham gardens

Taken from a different vantage point of the 6 acre Dell garden in high summer, the perennials and grasses in the foreground seem to flow as a colorful meadow gently rising toward trees behind. In this garden alone there are around 4500 different species and cultivars of perennials. © Richard Bloom

Bressingham Gardens, located in England, is one of the spectacular gardens to be featured. This amazing display encompasses six distinct gardens totaling over 17 acres. Award-winning garden designer and author, Adrian Bloom and his father, Alan, created this masterpiece. There are two main sections – The Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom. A few years ago I had the honor of staying at Bressingham Manor and learning from Adrian.
Rozanne geranium Bressingham Gardens

This is part of The Summer Garden, designed and planted by Adrian in 2001, experimenting with his first “river” of Geranium ‘Rozanne’, the popular, award-winning hardy geranium flowing between contrasting Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and meeting the purple leaved Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ in the distance. © Richard Bloom

In the Webinar I will be showcasing Adrian’s top 12 perennial picks for year-round interest in the garden. One of these is Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, a shimmering red summer blooming perennial that flowers in sun to part shade and is hardy in Zones 5 – 9. I have grown this for two years in my southern Maine gardens with no winter protection.
Japanese blood grass Bressingham gardens

Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden in September, the sun clearing the morning mist , highlighting the crimson leaves of Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, Japanese Blood Grass, and the tender, late-flowering bottle brush flowers of Pennisetum villosum. © Richard Bloom

The Webinar includes detailed lecture notes, questions and answers, and the chance to win great door prizes. There is also a CEU form available for Master Gardeners, Certified Horticulturists and Landscape Architects. The Webinar can be viewed from your desktop, tablet or smartphone and is compatible with Microsoft, Mac, Android and IPhone.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the classroom on January 26th. Please tell your friends to jump on this gardening bandwagon. The more the merrier! Click here for more information and to register.

Editor’s Note: Kerry and I have crossed paths both in person and online. She really knows her stuff and knows how to present it. I plan to be in the audience for this webinar and thought you might want to know about it, too. Disclosure: if you click to Kerry’s site from this blog post or the sidebar ad and register for the webinar, I will receive a small commission.

About the Author

Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning speaker, garden designer and author. Kerry Ann was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for “Exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture.” She has authored three top selling gardening books, was featured on HGTV and regional television shows, and speaks to gardeners across the United States. In 2015 and 2016 she gave more than 200 lectures in 17 states to over 20,000 gardeners. Her most recent book, The Right-Size Flower Garden, was released in 2015. For more about Kerry Ann, visit Perennially Yours, her website.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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