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Noted Garden Writer Tovah Martin Headlining Summer Short Course at Phipps

The author of "The Indestructible Houseplant" will lecture on creating a garden for all five senses and other green subjects.

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A beautiful, colorful garden engages the eye, of course, and also, with the scent of fresh flowers everywhere, the nose. But what about touch, taste and hearing?

“Gardening for the Five Senses” is one of the topics garden writer Tovah Martin will tackle as the keynote speaker for the Summer Short Course presented by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Phipps’ Special Events Hall and will explore landscape design and creativity.

Following registration, coffee and a book sale, Martin’s course on appealing to all the senses through gardening begins at 9:15 a.m. and will cover learning how the eyes combine and balance color as well as how light transforms those images throughout the day.

Participants also will explore floral scents (the good and the bad), delve into the texture of gardens and explore the savory subject of seed saving and heirloom vegetables.

Jonathan Webber of Lawrenceville’s greenSinner will next lead a demonstration on creating a modern indoor terrarium.

The author of "The Indestructible Houseplant," Martin — whose work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living and O the Oprah Magazine — will next lecture on a familiar subject, the houseplant.

However, these aren’t your grandmother’s dusty plants, nor are these blooms you would typically place in a windowsill. Instead, Martin describes them as houseplants with panache, and includes unconventional choices such as heucheras or primroses.

Lunch, a book sale and a plant sale with greenSinner takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. before Martin returns with her next course, “Gardening As If the World Depends on Us.”

This lecture explores allying with nature to make the world a better place for all creatures, from the 21st-century version of “victory gardens” to pollinator plants, native shrubs, bird forage and more.

Registration for the event is $105 and includes morning coffee, light breakfast items and a lunch buffet.

For more information, visit here.


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