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HAH Roundtable: Designing & Reinventing Your Garden for Lower Maintenance

March 2 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Lydia Wallis Garden

At last month’s wonderful and well-attended Roundtable with Elaine Peterson, as attendees described their aspirations and wish lists, one theme that stood out was a desire to have a garden that requires less maintenance. There can be many circumstances that prompt us gardeners to want to simplify our workload. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice having a beautiful garden!

On the contrary, I recall a discussion I had a couple of years ago with member Lydia Wallis, who told me that she and her husband Jim had just completed a re-design of their garden, replacing high-maintenance plants with lower-maintenance varieties. That conversation led to an HAH member tour of Lydia’s “new” and stunning garden. It occurred to me that this would be a wonderful topic for our next Roundtable, and I’m pleased to say that Lydia has agreed to attend and share her expertise and the story of her garden transformation. Lydia gardens in Southampton and, among her many horticultural credentials, she is a Master Gardener and a past president of HAH. Elaine Peterson will also return and share her ideas as well, so this will be an especially interesting program!

Here are some of topics we’ll discuss:

  • Evaluating your garden and your property
  • Creating a sustainable garden using fewer resources
  • Identifying high-maintenance areas and plants
  • Removing plants that don’t thrive
  • Right plant, right place to reduce maintenance
  • Garden thugs that require weeding or dividing
  • Low-maintenance plant varieties
  • Plants that need less watering
  • Shade-loving plants that require less watering
  • How good soil helps plants stay healthy with less care
  • Mulching beds to reduce weeding and watering
  • Planting dwarf and compact varieties that require less pruning
  • Incorporating native plants that require less care
  • Using your food and garden trimmings to create nourishing compost and fewer trips to the dump
  • Choosing plants for your type of soil
  • Adding hardscaping and other garden features to reduce areas requiring maintenance

By the end of the program, if there are attendees who have unanswered gardening questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to stay a while longer and talk to one of our knowledgeable members.

Free
2357 Montauk Highway
Bridgehampton, NY 11932 United States
631.537.9887

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