July 5, 2018 – Tours have just wrapped up for the Horticultural Encounter at the Miramar yard in San Diego. What an event! This year, the theme was Plants with a Purpose: Landscapes Brought to Life. We had 211 landscape professionals tour our brand new plant displays over 3 weeks, and happily hosted over 90 people (and a few dogs) at our Open House day on June 22.
This year’s vignettes included:
- Therapeutic in Nature: plants promoting health and happiness
- Perfect Pairings: plants bringing out the best in each other
- Edible Excellence: edible plants for the landscape
- Partners in Pollination: natural habitat for bees, birds, and other living things
- Blaze Battlers: fire resistant plants
- Nice and Natural Defense: deer and rabbit resistant plants
- Cut Flower Power: landscape flowers to bring indoors
We invited two special guests to the Open House event: Teresia Hazen, MEd, HTR, QMHP of Legacy Health in Portland, OR and Mark Epstein, RLA of Hafs Epstein Landscape Architecture in Seattle, WA. After an introduction to new plants with Nicholas Staddon, Mark Epstein dove right into the design process for therapeutic gardens, followed by Teresia Hazen on the cultural and health importance of therapeutic gardens.
The Open House also featured a pop up dog park provided by Gyms for Dogs.
The 2018 Horticultural Encounter will be held later this year in Orange (September 10-21) and Sacramento (October 22-26).
And, if therapeutic gardens are of interest to you, you won’t want to miss the 2018 AHTA Annual Conference in Denver, October 5-6.