Through lecturing I inform, share, learn, and entertain about subjects
that are an integral part of my life. I've been privileged to speak
at the following venues:
So you want to plan a garden?
- Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Oh
- Ohio State University Short Course, Columbus, Oh
- The P.L.A.N.T. Seminar, Ohio
- Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Oh
- The Fellows Riverside Garden Metro Park, Youngstown, Oh
- Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Oh
- Cox Arboretum, Dayton, Oh
- Kingwood Center, Mansfield, Oh
- Perennial Plant Association Symposium, Montreal, Canada
- Perennial Plant Association Symposium, Boston, MA
- ProHort Seminar, Peoria, Il
- Stan Hywet Hall, Akron, Oh
- Frankenmuth Herb Society, Frankenmuth, Mi
- Cincinnati Flower Show, Cincinnati, Oh
Designing a garden is a process that is based on the disciplines of science and art. How to figure out what you want and knowing the direction to take are the first steps in a journey that may turn into a lifelong passion. In this talk, Debra will discuss determining your needs and desires, confronting budget issues, "reading" your yard, preparing the soil, selecting plants and more.
Simplifying Your Garden without Diminishing Your Joy
There are many reasons to simplify your garden: moving to a smaller home and yard, physically not being able to maintain a larger garden or just making the choice to define what you want from your garden instead of trying to have it all. Simplifying your life and your garden depends on understanding its parts, and how they fit within the bigger picture. And, the way to find joy in your garden is to know what you want from it and to achieve satisfaction one piece at a time. Debra will use her own garden and others’ to provide inspiration for the creation of a simpler, blissful garden.
Tea and Tranquility
Perhaps the ritual of a cup of tea has been passed down to you through family members who savored this time as a special respite in the day. Either alone or gathered with others, you’ll learn how to observe the art of tea time as a break from routine that can be both relaxing and refreshing. Debra presents the cultural aspects of the tea ceremony and describes how tea time can be used for conversation and quiet reflection.
Designing with Color
Garden Design is the artful combination of the land, hardscape features
and plants. But it is color that sets the tone and mood in the garden
and it is the first impression we receive. Join me as we travel
through a rainbow of garden combinations that will inspire the design
muse in you.
30-40 Must-Have Perennials
What are the "must-have" plants and why? Find out what
makes a plant an enduring member of your garden, and why "the
right plant for the right place" should be the mantra of every
Herbs in the Landscape: Sensual Gardens
Herbs allow us to experience the world through our senses. Their
beauty, smells, tastes, textures and sounds are often subtle, but
welcome in a world where we are bombarded by hyperbole and multi-tasking
on a daily basis. Explore the concepts of garden design and "gentle
living through herbs" in a presentation that may change your
ideas about pleasure in the garden.
The Fall Montage
As the days decrease in length, fall takes on a special hue that
highlights the garden and its plants. The cooling temperatures and
changing patterns of light ready our minds and bodies for the end
of the outside gardening season. But the season is not yet over
as there are many plants and combinations to beguile the senses.
"As a gardener,
I believe that being in and of the garden is essential to our physical
and mental health My mission as a lecturer is to share the wonder
of that relationship and to throw in a large measure of garden and
Note: Debra's range of talk topics is extensive. Please contact her for a full list or to discuss customizing a talk.