2013 East Texas Garden Lecture Series set Feb. 16 in Tyler

Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden to speak

Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden

Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden, authors of the Plant Driven Garden, the Moonlit Garden and other books. (Photo courtesy of the authors)

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu

TYLER – The first of the East Texas Garden Lecture Series, set Feb. 16 in Tyler, will feature nationally renowned husband and wife authors, horticulturists and garden designers Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agent, Keith Hansen.

“Many gardens are designed cookie-cutter fashion, with little or no sense as to how plants may work in a particular environment or with each other,” said Hansen, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Smith County.

The Ogdens, however, teach what they call “plant-driven” design, according to Hansen.

“It’s about how to use adapted plants in ways that are not just original and beautiful, but lend a ‘sense of place,’ and are sustainable with an emphasis on soil and drought tolerance,” he said. “The Ogdens emphasize that a garden’s design should be driven by the plants a gardener loves rather than by a rigid adherence to certain design styles or rules.”

The lecture series is a rethinking – as well as a renaming – of the East Texas Spring Landscape and Garden Conference, which Hansen has overseen in Smith County since 1994. the conference in years past was an all-day event, the lecture series breaks programming up into half-day sessions in February, March and April.

An example of a plant-driven designed garden in the Tyler area. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Keith Hansen)

An example of a plant-driven designed garden in the Tyler area. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Keith Hansen)

“Our horticulture committee decided it would better serve our clientele to have several morning programs than one daylong program,” Hansen said.

The first part of the Ogden’s lecture will be “Plant Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place and Spirit,” followed by “Moonlit Gardens.”

Registration for the Ogden’s lecture opens 8 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at noon. Registration for each lecture will be $25, payable at the door on the day of the event.

“To keep costs down, we are not taking credit cards; only cash and checks,” Hansen said.

Upcoming lectures in the series are “Creating Creative Container Gardens” on March 16, and “Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers” on April 13.

For more information on the East Texas Garden Lecture Series, contact Keith Hansen at 903-590-2980 or khansen@ag.tamu.edu, or go to http://EastTexasGardening.tamu.edu .

For more information on the Ogdens and their books, go to http://www.plantdrivendesign.com/

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