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Live Long and Landscape: Gardening for Health and Happiness

October 19, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Gardening and healthy living naturally go hand in hand. What could be healthier than eating fresh, homegrown fruits, vegetables, and herbs? And the process of gardening is terrific exercise. For strength training and stretching, it’s like having a gym in your own backyard, but even better since you’re surrounded by flowers, green growing things, and the sounds of nature. Gardens are also good for the soul, as peaceful retreats and places to re-energize and de-stress.

In this fun all-day seminar we’ll:


- learn how to “Turbocharge Your Landscape for Health and Longevity” from landscape architect and author of Lifelong Landscape Design Mary Palmer Dargan

- discover the ideal fruits and veggies to grow in California from the author of California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Claire Splan

- explore landscape feng shui through a lecture and garden walk with feng shui expert and author of Feng Shui Your Life Jayme Barrett

- uncover the best way to get the most benefit from a garden workout, while still being good to joints and muscles, from “Get Fit Through Gardening” guru Jeffrey Restuccio

- and get up close and personal with herbs, delighting in their scents, savoring fresh herbal tea, and sampling surprising herb treats with the owner of Edgehill Herb Farm and popular speaker Karen England

Read more about the speakers.

For those of you who want to get an early start on the day, there will also be yoga in the garden led by Candyce Columbus.

This event is presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and co-sponsored by Bonnie PlantsTherapeutic Landscapes Network and Whole Foods Market.

Date and time

Saturday, October 19, 2013  
7:45 a.m.                    Early-bird Yoga in the Garden
8:30 a.m.                    Check-in and registration
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.   Lectures, lunch, book signings, and guided garden walks

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007

Click here for a map and directions to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

$80 Members of the Garden Conservancy and LA Arboretum
$90 General admission

Online and phone registration has been closed.  Registrations will be accepted at the door.


mary palmer darganweb-rev108x122Mary Palmer Dargan is a nationally known principal in the Atlanta-based firm of Dargan Landscape Architects, a business she shares with her husband, Hugh Graham Dargan. Her landscape projects have appeared in many national publications and on HGTV. Her numerous awards include those from the Garden Club of America and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her first book, Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan, has become a best seller. In her latest book, Lifelong Landscape Design (Gibbs Smith, 2012), she addresses the creation of garden environments that will meet our needs through all stages of life, keeping in mind everything from social interaction and mobility, to a connection to nature and sustaining both body and soul. For more information on Mary Palmer, please visit
Seminar lecture: “Turbocharge Your Landscape for Health and Longevity”

claire-splan-headshot-amazonweb108x129Claire Splan
is a freelance writer and editor based in Alameda, CA. After buying her first house in 2002, she began taking horticulture classes and remaking her gardens, which inspired her to write a blog, An Alameda Garden, about her growing interest in gardening and environmental issues. A member of the Garden Writers Association, Claire has written for several garden-related websites, done presentations at the UC Botanical Garden, the Southern California Spring Garden Show, and other venues; and has been interviewed on radio shows such as “GardenLife,” “Bob Tanem in the Garden,” and “Gardening Today.” Claire has degrees from USC and USF, and has studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College. Her recent book, California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for California Gardens (Cool Springs Press, 2012) embraces both the joys and complexities of gardening in California with its astounding array of plant options and multitude of horticultural zones. For more information on Claire, please visit her blog at
Seminar lecture: “Fruits and Vegetables for California”

jayme-barrett-portraitweb108wJayme Barrett is the best-selling author of Feng Shui Your Life, which has become a classic for feng shui, interior design, and life enhancement. The second edition (Sterling Ethos, 2012), includes her passion for gardens and outdoor spaces. A certified feng shui consultant, Jayme has studied feng shui, the 3,000-year-old Chinese art of placement, with a deep commitment, researching Eastern and Western healing traditions for over fifteen years. Her clients include Hollywood insiders like Mary Steenburgen, Sela Ward, Chad Lowe, fashion designers, and movie executives, as well as members of the business world. In 2008 she was the spokesperson for the Society of American Flowers campaign “The Energy of Flowers.” She has appeared on national TV on such shows as The Today Show and she has written articles for and been featured in a host of publications, from Self magazine to Redbook to First for Women. She is a sought-after speaker and leads workshops for corporations, resorts, and non-profits worldwide, and she regularly offers free consultations to raise money for charitable organizations, including her personal charity Children International. For more information on Jayme, please visit
Seminar lecture: “Feng Shui in the Garden”

jeffrestuccio headshot web108x144Jeffrey Restuccio has been promoting his unique style of gardening as a complement to traditional exercise and sport as a means to fitness since 1992. A few examples include: a raking and hoeing stance that borrows from martial arts (Jeffrey is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do), the “lunge and weed” that eliminates stooping and bending, and the horse stance, which minimizes strain on the back, shoulders, and arms. His articles on gardening and fitness have appeared in a variety of publications such as Flower & Garden, Better Homes and Gardens, and Cooking Light magazines, and he has appeared on radio and TV shows. He is the author of the books Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way and Get Fit Through Gardening: Advice, Tips, and Tools for Better Health (Hatherleigh Press, 2008), which combines stretching, aerobics, martial arts, and resistance training to create a comprehensive, life-long, fitness program through gardening. For more information on Jeffrey, please visit
Seminar lecture: “Get Fit Through Gardening” 

karen-england-portraitweb108x135Karen England started working at the age of twelve for her cousin’s business, a plant nursery in Encinitas, once called the “Flower Capital of the World.” Forty-two years later, Karen continues to serve as a consultant for the family’s garden center as well as run her own home-based Web business called Edgehill Herb Farm, which sells her handmade herbal soaps and other products. She holds a degree from Biola University and is an alumna of three intensive training programs at Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. She is a member of the International Herb Society and the recognized herb expert for the Vista Garden Club. A popular speaker on herbs, edible flowers, and cooking, Karen takes a very hands-on, interactive approach, inviting the audience to get up-close-and-personal with herbs – touching and smelling, sipping fresh-brewed tea, and sampling such herbal treats as lavender cookies. Karen’s “show and tell, taste and smell” will cover fresh, dried, sweet, and savory, focusing on the popular herbs lavender, roses, scented geraniums, rosemary, bay, basil, and sage. For more information on Karen, please visit
Lecture: “Flavor-ite Herbs to Know & Grow”

Yoga in the Garden Instructor:

candyce-columbus-web144wCandyce Columbus is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and a Registered Yoga Alliance Instructor. Yoga practice has been an integral part of Candyce's life and well-being for more than nineteen years. Since 2009 she has been sharing the knowledge that has been passed on to her from many wonderful teachers. Regardless of fitness or flexibility she believes everyone can benefit from yoga. Candyce teaches multi-level, gentle classes including Asanas (yoga postures), Pranayama (breathing), Mudras (yoga in the hands), Vinyasa (yoga flow), meditation, and relaxation. She leads Yoga in the Garden classes at the Arboretum on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings as well as quarterly Four Seasons of Yoga on Saturdays. She also teaches at numerous other locations locally.

"Live Long and Landscape: Gardening for Health and Happiness" is co-presented by:

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Headquarters: The Garden Conservancy, Post Office Box 219, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Telephone: 845.424.6500 Fax: 845.424.6501