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2021

Corvallis Evening Garden Club, Tigard, OR-WEBINAR
Wednesday, January 6, 2021: EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENTING GARDEN CHANGES: A Thoughtful Process: 2020 will be remembered as a wonderful year by no one. I also lost my soulmate & husband at the beginning of the madness to cancer. Garden was solace, but strategies to reorganize, reduce, and completely rethink had to ensue immediately. Implementation became the most important of this strategic evaluation.

Tigard Garden Club, Tigard, OR -WEBINAR
Wednesday, January 6, 2021: EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENTING GARDEN CHANGES: A Thoughtful Process: 2020 will be remembered as a wonderful year by no one. I also lost my soulmate & husband at the beginning of the madness to cancer. Garden was solace, but strategies to reorganize, reduce, and completely rethink had to ensue immediately. Implementation became the most important of this strategic evaluation.

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA, WEBINAR
Tuesday, January 12, 2021: EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENTING GARDEN CHANGES: A Thoughtful Process: 2020 will be remembered as a wonderful year by no one. I also lost my soulmate & husband at the beginning of the madness to cancer. Garden was solace, but strategies to reorganize, reduce, and completely rethink had to ensue immediately. Implementation became the most important of this strategic evaluation.

2020

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA
Tuesday, January 14, 2020: THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER'S GUIDE TO GARDEN FURNISHINGS: Gardens don't need just plants, paths, and walls; they need carefully chosen accessories and furnishings. But finding and choosing these accessories can be a challenge. Award winning landscape & former interior designer, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD will provide both visual inspiration and practical information about how to choose and where to find just about every kind of accessory a garden might need; chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too. Vanessa will share her insights on how furnishings are linked to architecture; she will offer tips and techniques for choosing furnishings based on comfort, scale, and proportion. She will also discuss the properties of a wide variety of material choices, including wood, stone, ceramics, concrete, metal, and fabrics.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020: GARDENING ON SLIPPERY SLOPES: Soil Stabilization, Biome Diversity, and Ecological Opportunities; Elevation change is part of what makes a garden intriguing, but it is also a challenge. Should you call a geotechnical engineer or a landscape contractor to work with you? What kinds of materials work best in various situations? What are some sustainable basics to prevent erosion, preserve ecology, and integrate new plants with existing natives? What are some strategies for removing invasive species and accessing the slopes? For the past 4 years, Vanessa has worked on her 1/2 acre ravine and will share with you what she has learned (so far).

Lane County Spring Home & Garden Show, Eugene, OR (Cancelled due to COVID Pandemic)
Saturday, Mar. 14, 1:30-2:15 p.m.: CARVING UP A GARDEN: Design Tips for Defining Garden Spaces; One of the most challenging tasks for a garden owner is where to start defining usable spaces. Garden designer and former interior designer, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD, says "It’s not much different than carving your Thanksgiving turkey." She will share her space-planning tips & tricks, in other words, how to create efficient spaces, how to minimize hardscape, maximize plant space, and save money.
Sunday, Mar. 15, 1:00-1:45 p.m.: GARDEN-WORTHY NATIVE PLANTS: A Designer’s Top Picks; If you haven't been living in a cave, you are probably aware of the increasing interest in native plants these days. But many people look at natives as 'weedy'. Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD, will share her top 25 regionally-native plants, explaining why their aesthetic value, pollinator benefits, & cultural requirements make them valuable garden plants.

Clark County Naturescaping, Vancouver, WA-WEBINAR
Saturday, December 19, 2020: EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENTING GARDEN CHANGES: A Thoughtful Process: 2020 will be remembered as a wonderful year by no one. I also lost my soulmate & husband at the beginning of the madness to cancer. Garden was solace, but strategies to reorganize, reduce, and completely rethink had to ensue immediately. Implementation became the most important of this strategic evaluation.

2019

Lane County Spring Home & Garden Show, Eugene, OR
Saturday, Mar. 9, 2-3 p.m.: DESIGNING GREAT GARDEN PATHS: Getting lost in your garden? Vanessa will discuss how to use space efficiently, determining direction, using focal points, subtle way-finding, safety, and more to help you establish paths and garden circulation that makes sense.
Sunday, Mar. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: THE IRRESISTIBLE GARDEN: Create Your Own Using Basic Design Principles; Turn your garden into an enticing siren that lures you in any season. Vanessa describes basic design principles, such as line, form, and balance, in a manner that makes designing a garden easy to understand.

Clark County Master Gardener Presentation & Garden Tour
March 28, 2019, 9: a.m-12:30 p.m.; Garden Design Done Right; Having a beautiful, healthy garden begins with a great design and thoughtful preparation. Begin your spring planning at Shorty’s Garden Center on Mill Plain in Vancouver, WA. Award-winning, certified landscape designer, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD, will present garden planning basics to increase both gardening success and enjoyment. After browsing the nursery (and picking up goodies along the way), travel to Dragonfly Hollow, Vanessa’s demonstration garden, to see a practical example of thoughtful garden design.

International Clematis Society Garden Visit, Dragonfly Hollow
Thursday, June 20, 2019, Garden tour and happy hour.

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Open Garden, Dragonfly Hollow
Sunday, June 23, 2019

APLD, Bay Area Chapter, Gamble House, Palo Alto, CA
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3-5 p.m.: THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER'S GUIDE TO GARDEN FURNISHINGS: Gardens don't need just plants, paths, and walls; they need carefully chosen accessories and furnishings. But finding and choosing these accessories can be a challenge. Award winning landscape & former interior designer, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD will provide both visual inspiration and practical information about how to choose and where to find just about every kind of accessory a garden might need; chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too. Vanessa will share her insights on how furnishings are linked to architecture; she will offer tips and techniques for choosing furnishings based on comfort, scale, and proportion. She will also discuss the properties of a wide variety of material choices, including wood, stone, ceramics, concrete, metal, and fabrics. 1.5 APLD CEUs

Lane County Fall Home & Garden Show, Eugene, OR
Saturday, Oct. 12, time: 2:30 p.m.; GARDEN MAGIC: What is it and how do we create it?;Many people say things like 'the garden is magical' or 'I want to add magic to my garden.' Garden magic doesn't mean a fairy godmother is out there waving a wand (although wouldn't that be lovely), but exactly what is garden magic? Vanessa will take us through defining garden magic to make it easier for you to create your own with some basic tips to get you started.

Sunday, Oct. 13, time:12:30 p.m.; AUTUMNAL GLORY: Celebrate the Colorful Season; co-presented with author/writer, Mary-Kate Mackey. Learn about these two dynamic speakers favorite leaves, flowers, fruit, berries, and more!

2018

Northwest Horticultural Society,
Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, WA

Jan. 10, 2018, Rejuvenating a Tired Garden; Addressing overgrown plants and worn-out hardscape that is crumbling below your feet isn’t for the faint of heart. Learn a designer’s approach to evaluating existing conditions, working with old & new, and applying basic design principles to create a harmonious design.

Lane County Spring Home & Garden Show, Eugene, OR
Friday, Mar. 9, 6p.m.: DINING OUT: Gardens to Dine For; Who doesn’t love s’mores by the fireside, a sip of wine by the pool, or a full-blown barbecue and picnic? Learn more about creating a garden especially for outdoor dining and cooking, and a relationship of convenience to a close relative, the edible garden
Saturday, Mar. 10, 11:30 a.m.: Rejuvenating a Tired Garden; Addressing overgrown plants and worn-out hardscape that is crumbling beneath your feet isn’t for the faint of heart. Learn a designer’s approach to evaluating existing conditions, working with old & new, and applying basic design principles to create a harmonious design.

Oakland, MI Master Gardener Society,
Oakland Schools Conference Center, Waterford, MI
April 28, 2018, GARDEN EVOLUTION: A Designer's 25-Year Landscape Challenge. Breathing new life into an existing landscape is a challenge and an opportunity. It isn’t unusual to encounter a previous owner’s lack of care & planning, difficult neighbors, sob-worthy views, and even environmental issues. Learn how a designer took advantage of diverse obstacles and continues to create a remarkable, organic, and bee-friendly garden.

Lane County Fall Home & Garden Show, Eugene, OR
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 6 p.m: INSPIRATION TO PERSPIRATION: the travelogue method of garden design. When we travel we see new ideas. Learn how a designer SEES as she travels and what YOU can use to translate to use in your garden to make your garden even better.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, noon: RENOVATING A TIRED GARDEN: Develop an Eye for Editing a Garden. Addressing overgrown plants and worn-out hardscape that is crumbling beneath your feet isn’t for the faint of heart. Learn some fresh ideas to renovate existing an garden from evaluation to the rejuvenation.

Clintonia-uniflora

OTHER TOPICS
Other than those listed above or just contact us and ask us about a topic. Vanessa also done "talk & draw" presentations (no PowerPoint) for facilities with less technical capability.

GARDEN EVOLUTION: A Designer's 25-Year Landscape Challenge
Breathing new life into an existing landscape is a challenge and an opportunity. It isn’t unusual to encounter a previous owner’s lack of care & planning, difficult neighbors, sob-worthy views, and even environmental issues. Learn how a designer took advantage of diverse obstacles and continues to create a remarkable, organic, and bee-friendly garden.

CREATE A LIVABLE OUTDOOR SPACE: Include Style & Furnishings
Gardens need more than just plants, paths and walls; they need chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too! Learn how you can expand your livable habitat by using the right furnishings to complement your garden style. Vanessa Gardner Nagel surveys a range of styles and the furnishings that complement them so you can create your own fabulously livable outdoor space.

STRUCTURAL PLANT PLACEMENT:
Locating & Strengthening Your Garden's Bones

Every garden needs good bones, but where do you begin? Learn how to make your garden more beautiful and more dynamic through the proper selection and placement of structural plants.

INTENTIONAL SERENDIPITY: Designing Sustainable Gardens
Designing gardens that reduce the amount of energy and resources should be a skill that all good gardeners should have. Learn an approach to designing a garden that will reduce your carbon footprint AND provide a gorgeous garden.

CHANGING GARDENS DURING CHALLENGING TIMES
We have a lot of challenges right now with global climate changes, an economy that could be better, and resources that are either getting too expensive or simply unavailable. Learn more about how we can transform our gardens to meet these challenges.

Vanessa speaking at the 2007 OLCA show
(Left)Vanessa speaking at an OLCA (Oregon Landscape Contractors Association) show. (Right) The cheery TIEG (The Inland Empire Gardeners) audience in Spokane.

The Inland Empire Gardeners

DETAILS

FEES, EXPENSES, & AVAILABILITY

Thank you for your interest in scheduling an appearance with Vanessa. In order for us to better assist you with your planning, please forward as much of the information shown below as possible via email. Seminars are typically 30-60 minutes; lecture with PowerPoint presentations, accompanied by handout upon request. Workshops on selected topics are half-day to full-day sessions.

When you schedule an appearance, we request that your organization provide the following:

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FOR PROFESSIONALS & HOME GARDENERS
Here are two previous professional workshops:

CONSTRUCTION DETAIL

Creating Landscape Design Installation Documents

  • The essential drawings to describe your project and what makes it easier for contractors
  • The conventions surrounding a set of installation documents (i.e. the order of a set, notes, and more)
  • Why it's even more important when the project is bid
  • Navigating liability, legal jargon, and plans versus 'waving your arms' on site
  • Beyond the master plan, planting plan & plant list: how to create a cover sheet, hardscape plan, lighting plan and furnishings plan and learn why they are important.
  • Learn the approach to drawing enlarged or partial plans, elevations, and details.

sample drawing sets available, as well as a PowerPoint presentation
that will take you step-by-step through the process.

Continuing education for APLD certified members: 1.5 CEU's

chair
fabric

Finishing Touches:
The Basics of Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

What you will learn:

  • Explore the foundations of outdoor furniture and fabric selection:
  • Learn how to choose durable and sustainable materials
  • Get the inside scoop about how the furniture and fabric industry trade works

3 CEU's were provided to APLD certified members

Attendees met local vendors, added new services to their businesses,
and were empowered to control the entire design of their projects

Comments from attendees:

"Many thanks for presenting this workshop. You have a wealth of knowledge and share it so effectively. I never put down my pencil! 12 pages of notes later I have a good understanding of how a designer can begin to develop relationships with reps and suppliers. My world has expanded!"

"Great job on the workshop yesterday. I learned a ton."

"I may have already got (sic)a client interested in hiring me on to look for furniture! ...will say it was a very informative/meaty (hope you aren't a vegetarian) presentation."

"It was really one of the best workshops I have ever attended and I am gratefull for all of the work, thoughtfulness, and detail that went into your presentation. You did an outstanding job."

"My hand was aching after trying to write down all of your good information. Once again, thank you so much for a most informative afternoon, simply outstanding."

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