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Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Purpose In The Landscape”
Speaker/Guide: Nellie Gardner
Horticulturist, cut flower farmer and historic landscape preservation consultant
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   


Through hard work and a dedication to the science and understanding of the natural world Nell Gardner has earned a reputation for problem solving, skilled technique, and expertise in horticultural management.  Through her hard scrabble farm upbringing in Nova Scotia to studying at Cornell University, she brings an expertise and quality to the field of Horticulture, seeing the landscape as an integrated whole, a system that needs balance and a thorough understanding of natural systems. Nell has worked for Cornell University as well as run her own consulting and Flower Farm for 25 years. Nell’s signature wreaths were featured in July 2018's Country Gardens Magazine, as a "resourceful recipe for long-lasting wreaths."   She currently works as the Horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff, and the Richardson Olmsted Complex.
https://www.flower-fields.com/

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

Earlier Event: August 13
Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk
Later Event: August 13
Week Eight: Garden Walk