The Talbot County Garden Club Announces Its Winter Lecture Series

The Talbot County Garden Club will sponsor several exceptional free lectures in the coming months, starting with landscape expert, Rich Darke.  All events will be held at 1:30 p.m., at the Talbot Count Free Library in Easton, and are free and open to the public.

On January 22, 2019, Rick Darke will present a lecture on “The Living Landscape.”  Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife; but they also want beauty and functionality. Rick Darke will share his strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape.  Please note this program is longer than our others and will be at 90 minutes plus Q and A.  His goal is to customize the program to our area.

On February 26, 2019, botanical artist Charlotte Heathe will present a program on botanical arts and the art of drawing flowers.  Heath is a resident of the eastern shore of Virginia and was one of 45 artists from around the world chosen to participate in the first ever, contemporary botanical art showing in a major museum—the Weismann Museum in Minneapolis.  Some of her work in gouache, pencil, pen & ink and acrylic will be available for purchase following the program.

On March 27, 2019, Greg Tepper, professional horticulturist, lecturer and consultant, will present a program about the newly formed Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek in Dagsboro, DE.  Tepper has also worked at Mt. Cuba and Kew, and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Wisley in Great Britain.

About the Talbot County Garden Club

The Talbot County Garden Club was established in 1917 to enrich the natural beauty of the environment by sharing knowledge of gardening, fostering the art of flower arranging, maintaining civic projects, supporting projects that benefit Talbot County and encouraging the conservation of natural resources.  Noteworthy projects include maintaining the grounds of the Talbot Historical Society, Talbot Courthouse, Talbot Library, the fountain and childrens gardens at Idlewild Park and numerous other gardens and activities.  There are currently a total of 109 active, associate and honorary members.

Rick Darke

Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a consulting firm focused on conservation-based landscape design and management. His work is grounded in an observational ethic which blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and stewardship of living landscapes. Projects include residential gardens, parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, and botanical gardens. His books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous ForestThe Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable LandscapesThe Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes co-authored with Piet Oudolf. For further information visit:

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