I have big plans for 2012! I’d love to meet blog readers and those whose blogs I stalk as well!  I have several events tentatively scheduled for 2012 already.  Additional events will be forthcoming.  If you are part of a garden-related event and you’d like to have it listed here, just let me know and I’ll include a link.  Join me for the following events in 2012:

Utah Green Conference

The professional conference and tradeshow of the Utah Green Industry!

January 23-25, 2012  South Town Expo Center,

Advance registration and tickets required for classes.  Trade show is open to the public, $10.

If you’ve ever wanted to ‘learn at the feet of a Master’ then join me in the audience to listen to world-renowned Landscape Architect, Topher Delaney!  Professionals from many local businesses, educational institutions and even national nurseries will be there.  If you can’t attend the classes, at least visit the tradeshow where you can see what’s new for 2012, live and in bloom!  And, if ‘feet of a Master’ isn’t a prerequisite for you, make sure to join me for the discussion of the QWEL program- a new program designed to improve the waterwise landscape skills for local landscape contractors.  I will be a panelist for this session along with members of the USU Extension Service and UNLA.

2012 Salt Lake Tribune Spring Home and Garden Festival

March 8-11, 2012                South Town Expo Center

The annual home & garden show featuring beautiful garden exhibits and purveyors of all things gardening! This year’s show features Ahmed Hassan of HGTV’s series “Yard Crashers”.  Yard candy and eye candy all rolled into one package!

After working the show non-stop for the past 5 years, I am EXTREMELY excited to simply work the booth for the Garden then go home and recover!  No more private consulting means I’ll actually be spending this Spring working on my OWN yard for a change and enjoying the show without stress! Woot!

SNAP! Creativity Conference

April 19-21, 2012             Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah


I am so excited for the SNAP! Creativity Conference! SNAP!  is geared to bloggers and DIY homeowners who enjoy home decor and DIY projects, especially if they like to blog about their exploits!  There are some amazing speakers whose work and blogs I’ve followed for years!  I can’t wait to be inspired by their talents- in person.  I will be serving as a panelist for one of the sessions and I’m a little embarrassed for my name to be included on the list given the extreme talents of the other participants.  The gals who run the SNAP! Conference have outdone themselves in ferreting out talented bloggers from all over the USA to ignite the creative spark in attendees!  This is such a great local opportunity for anyone wishing to attend. Don’t miss it!

 Breathing Space Blogger Retreat

      Daybreak, Utah                                                  MAY 4-5, 2012

I will be attending this event with some local bloggers.  Can’t wait! In addition to amazing classes, we’ll be staying overnight in the model home village, b   bed & breakfast style!  It’s the Wisteria Lane of Bloggers!  If you have ever seen the gorgeously designed village with 14 amazing homes, you’d know why I’m so thrilled to go!

Home & Garden Club:

 Saturday, June 9, 2012

6:00-9:30 pm
Conservation Garden Park Education Center
8275 South 1300 West
West Jordan, Utah

To Register, follow THIS link:  Summer Soiree & Garden Tour

More than a decade in the planning, I am FINALLY able to launch a local Home & Garden Club!  The Club is a FREE monthly group/opportunity for those interested in improving their homes and landscapes- especially if you need to do it DIY style!  To celebrate and kick this thing off in style, we’ll be having a huge Home & Garden DIY event.  For detailed information, visit the following link: Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club.  We’re bringing in some amazing speakers who’ve garnered NATIONAL attention.  JOIN US!

Conservation Garden Park Plant Sale:

Saturday, June 9, 2012
10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Conservation Garden Park Education Center
8275 South 1300 West
West Jordan, Utah


The first annual Plant Sale at Conservation Garden Park!  The Plant Sale will involve a number of quality local nurseries selling gorgeous plants that actually LIKE growing here in Utah!  Classes will be offered by local-favorite Barney Barnett of Willard Bay Gardens (perennials) and designer Lori Simonich of Inspired by Design (landscape design).  There is no charge for these classes but you will want to register in advance to ensure a seat- they’re both great teachers.

To register, follow this link: Plant Sale Classes

The highlight of the event is a class by author and plantswoman extrordinaire, Lauren Springer-Ogden!  Her original book “The Undaunted Garden” is one of my must-have gardening books.  I first heard her lecture in 1995 when I was fresh out of Landscape Architecture school and her philosophies have tremendously influenced mine.  I’m BEYOND THRILLED that we’re able to bring her here to Utah to inspire locals to GARDEN LOCAL!  Lauren is one of the originators of the entire “Waterwise Landscapes” concept and few can match her knowledge of plants and design.  Don’t miss it!

To register for Lauren’s Class, follow this link (this class WILL sell out, get your seat early!):  Lauren Springer-Ogden

My Classes:

Container Gardening

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Private Group

I’ll be training a local women’s group to successfully grow plants in containers.  We’ll cover containers, soil and fertilizing as well as plant selection.  Topics will include success with annuals, succulents and vegetables in container culture.

How to Grow Plants in Containers

Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 am-11:30 am
Conservation Garden Park Education Center
8275 South 1300 West
West Jordan, Utah

To register, follow THIS link

I will be tag-team teaching this class with the lovely and talented Holly Erickson.  Come and learn the secrets to keeping container plants alive in our relentless summer sun!  We’ll talk about container selection, secret soil recipe, watering and fertilizing and everyone’s favorite- plant selection!


May 3, 2012

I will be joining the Studio 5 crew again to discuss the “Plant”ation Shutter project I did last summer.  I have come up with a simpler version for the home gardener specifically for the show.  Should be a fabulous time!

STUDIO 5- Reprise

June 5th, 2012

I will be on Studio 5 along with Emily of the blog “Organic Suburban Farm Girl” and Sausha of “Sweet Pickins”.  Together we will be pitching the new Home & Garden Club and the event which is being held on June 9th.  I really hope we can get the Club moving forward as it is an awesome opportunity for locals to learn, socialize and achieve home & garden related projects.  Join us!

Gardening with Succulents

Sandy City Garden Club
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
12 pm
Private Residence- Club Members Only

I’ll enjoy the opportunity to teach members of the Garden Club how to create unique garden projects with succulents as well as the practical matter of keeping them alive and thriving in our climate.  Succulents make amazing container garden plants in Utah and who can object to a once-per-week watering schedule?

Temple Square Garden Talks

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
7:30-8:15 pm
Brigham Young Historic Park
State St & 2nd Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah

I am honored to be asked to participate in this gardening series offered by the venerable gardens of Temple Square.  I once told Peter Lassig, the former Landscape Archtitect for Temple Square, that he had my dream job.  He assured me that he had HIS dream job too!  In any case, I’ll try to do justice to the topic of “Waterwise Along The Wasatch” and hope that the lovely surroundings can compensate for any boringness I might project!

Build Your Own Terrarium Class

Saturday, September 1, 2012
10:00 am-11:30 am 
Conservation Garden Park Education Center
8275 South 1300 West
West Jordan, Utah

There is a $10 charge for the class but you will get to make your own hanging terrarium as part of the class! Come and learn how to incorporate “living arrangements” in your home!

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