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Designing the Garden for Year-Round Color

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Saturday August 6th 2016 - 10:00am to

Linda King developed a passion for gardening late in life, having been raised to believe she had inherited her mother’s “purple thumb.” However, a near-fatal car accident meant she had to give up a high-powered career in the fashion industry and she turned to the healing power of Mother Nature during her years of recovery. But color and design are as important in gardens as in fashion, so King was able to overcome her purple thumb and now has a career as a landscape designer specializing in creating beautiful drought tolerant gardens using foliar color for year-round interest and texture in the garden.

King is a Sonoma County Master Gardener and is active in a number of their projects, including the Garden Sense program which provides help to county residents who wish to replace part or all of their lawn with something needing less water.

Her talk will take place at Quarryhill Botanical Garden on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10-11 a.m. Using plant material from her garden, she will demonstrate how mixing and matching water-wise plants with differently colored and textured foliage can create a garden that will feed the senses throughout the year while using much less water than a conventional lawn. She will also give experienced gardeners some ideas on plant combinations that will add new interest.

To sign up, visit or call 996-3166. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Quarryhill Botanical Garden is located at 12841 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen.

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