The first of the East Texas Garden Lecture Series set for Feb. 16 in Tyler will feature nationally renowned husband and wife authors, horticulturists and garden designers Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden, says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agent Keith Hansen.
"Many gardens are designed cookie-cutter fashion, with little or no sense as to how plants may work in a particular environment with each other," says Hansen, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Smith County.
The Ogdens, however, teach what they call "plant-driven" design.
"It's about how to use adapted plants in ways that are not just original and beautiful, but lend a 'sense of place' and are sustainable with an emphasis on soil and drought tolerance," he says. "The Ogdens emphasize that a garden's design should be driven by the plants a gardener loves rather than by a rigid adherence to certain styles or rules."
The lecture series is rethinking—as well as a renaming—of the East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference, which Hansen has overseen in Smith County since 1994. The conference in years past was an all-day event, but the lecture series now breaks programming up into half-day sessions in February, March, and April.
"Our horticulture committee decided it would better serve our clientele to have several morning programs than one daylong program," Hansen says.
The first part of the Ogden lecture with be "Plant Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place and Spirit," followed by "Moonlit Gardens."
Registration for the Ogden lecture opens at 8 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. The program will follow at 9 a.m. and finish at noon. Registration for each lecture is just $25, payable at the door on the day of the event.
"To keep costs down, we are not taking credit cards; only cash and checks," Hansen says.
Other lectures will be March 16 and April 13. For more, call Hansen at 903-590-2980.