Dry Garden Design: The Continuing Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Dry Garden Design: The Continuing Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Ferocactus pottsii. Photo courtesy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Ruth Bancroft Garden

Sat, Oct 26 to Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Join leading horticulturists, landscape designers, and conservation and preservation experts as they gather for a special two-day symposium in the Ruth Bancroft Garden's new Coit Center to reflect on the range and breadth of Ruth's legacy as a dry garden designer. The sculptural shapes and vibrant color palette of Ruth's soft-fleshed succulents prove that we do not have to sacrifice beauty to create sustainable gardens. As we face today's issues of population growth, climate change, and increasing pressure on water resources, the lessons learned from her plant choices and gardening practices are increasingly vital to our relationship to the land we occupy and to garden design for the future.

The Garden Conservancy is proud to be the Lead Sponsor of this symposium.

Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Coit Family Visitor & Education Center

Opening keynote: The Legacy of the Ruth Bancroft Garden - Antonia Adezio, executive director, Marin Art & Garden Center, and founding director of the Garden Conservancy

Panel #1: Dry Gardens: Palettes and Possibilities
Moderated by Becky Harrington, director of business development, Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery, and former executive director, Ruth Bancroft Garden
Panelists:
Jason Dewees, author of Designing with Palms and horticulturist, Flora Grubb Gardens
Kelly Kilpatrick, owner and designer, Floradora Garden Design
Charlotte Blome, residential operations manager/ecological landscape specialist, Ruffolo, Inc., and former garden manager, Ruth Bancroft Garden

Panel #2: Preserving a Vision: Challenges of a Mature Garden
Moderated by James Brayton Hall, president & CEO, the Garden Conservancy
Panelists:
Kara Newport, executive director, Filoli 
Jabari Taylor, assistant landscape architect, Prospect Park Alliance, New York City
Shelagh Fritz, program manager, Gardens of Alcatraz

Curator's keynote: Iconic Plants of the Ruth Bancroft Garden - Brian Kemble, curator, Ruth Bancroft Garden
Concluding keynote: Re-imagining Gardens of the Future - Johanna Silver, author, The Bold Dry Garden, Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

The day concludes with a reception at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Sunday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Morning: Garden-study tours in the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Participants will see the garden through the eyes of important stewards of the garden: Stew Winchester, Troy McGregor, Walker Young, and Brian Kemble.
Special mini-tours of iconic plants of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, highlighting those plants available for purchase in the nursery.

Afternoon: Self-guided tours of private East Bay gardens. Exclusive access to stunning private gardens in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Berkeley, and Oakland.


REGISTRATION

Two-day package includes continental breakfasts, boxed lunches, and Saturday evening reception.
$175 Garden Conservancy and Ruth Bancroft Garden members (limited number of member tickets!)
$195 General admission

Space is limited. Register now