Annual meeting and lecture

“Truly Compelling Combinations – Creating Sizzle and Subtlety” with Brenda Adams

Sunday, September 16
Doors open at noon for plant sales and book signings
Lecture begins at 1 pm
NPA members free/nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue

Have you ever wondered what magic makes some gardens absolutely outstanding?  Would you like yours to be one of those show stoppers as well?  In this presentation, award-winning author and garden designer Brenda Adams will explain how and why plant combinations work to create more beautiful and compelling spaces.

Her presentation is a step-by-step guide to success. You will discover new ways to use foliage, color, texture, form and other plant attributes to create combinations that far exceed the beauty of each individual plant. Then, taking the notion of combination planting to a refreshing new level, Brenda uses examples of gardens from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the east coast to offer a unique perspective on how to achieve results that set an exceptional mood and ambience. You’ll learn techniques to design upbeat, dazzling and exciting combinations as well as those with a calm, more subtle, but still very memorable presence.

More about Brenda

Brenda Adams is the author of the award-winning books, "Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective" (University of Alaska Press, 2017) and "There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North" (University of Alaska Press, 2013).  "Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective" received the Garden Writers’ Association 2018 Media Awards’ Silver Medal of Achievement, a national award that recognizes the top professional horticultural communicators who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.  She teaches Northern Garden Design and Creation at the University of Alaska as well as the landscape design section of the Alaska Master Gardeners’ course.

Brenda is also the award-winning designer of Gardens By Design, Alaska’s premier garden design firm. She has designed over 200 unique and personalized gardens for both residential and commercial clients in Alaska. She’s a long-time master gardener and member of Alaska’s Rock Garden Society, the Perennial Plant Association, Garden Writers’ Association, Alaska Master Gardeners and the Alaska Botanical Garden. She was president of the Homer Garden Club (2004-2010) and still serves on its board.

Brenda’s designs have received three prestigious awards in the Perennial Plant Association’s annual international competition. The awards recognize projects that are exemplary in the use of herbaceous perennials to help create balance and beauty in landscape design. Her 2012 award was the PPA’s highest, the Honor Award. She was also awarded the PPA’s Merit Award in 2007 and in 2009. She is the only Alaskan to receive either award. She, her book, and her designs have been featured in The American Gardener, Alaska Home magazine and the Anchorage Daily News. She is a frequent guest on radio, offering advice to gardeners.