Talks & Workshops

John frequently speaks to and leads workshops for plant societies, gardening groups and other horticultural, ecological and educational organizations.

Popular talks include:

  • Gardens as Habitat - a step by step discussion of all the elements needed to create a welcoming, nurturing landscape for birds, pollinators people and more. The talk is vibrantly illustrated with John's photography of gardens large and small which he has designed and built with just these goals in mind.
  • Gardening with Natives - Natives bring a bonding sense of place and seasonality to any garden, but native plant gardening can sometimes be daunting for beginners and amateurs alike. This fully illustrated talk walks gardeners wanting to create this sense of place through how to choose, plant and maintain an interesting diversity of native plants well-suited for your space, soil and exposure. (John contributes a bi-monthly article on gardening with natives to the Pipevine, the monthly newsletter of the Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. To read more, click here.)
  • Reconsidering the Lawn - Lawns can be attractive areas for gathering and playing, but they are just as often high-maintenace, expensive default choices in the landscape. In this vividly illustrated talk, John goes over the nuts and bolts of transforming default areas of lawn into welcoming garden oases.
  • Salvias - Salvia is a very large genera of over 900 species and includes some of our most fragrant and floriferous natives as well as wonderfully adapted non-natives for the home garden. Requiring relatively little water and maintenance, salvias can provide year-round interest to any garden. In this engaging talk based on years of propagating, selling and gardening with Salvias, John shares his experience and passion for these plants in this talk.

Upcoming Talks and Workshops 2017

January 9th "Flies, The Forgotten Pollinators" Northern California Botanists, Chico, CA

Jan 28th 1pm : "Less Lawn - More Wildlife", Snow Goose Festival, Chico CA

Jan 30th 6:30 : "Landscaping with Salvias" California Garden Clubs, Inc.'s California Consultants Council Meeting at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson CA

March 25th, 12pm "Native Bees as Pollinators" Placer County Master Gardeners Garden Faire Auburn Fairgrounds, Auburn CA

Sept. 9th - "Native Plants and their Pollinators in the Garden"  CNPS Symposium Tuolumne Fairgrounds, Sonora CA

Talks from 2016

Oct 8th : "The Diverse World of Salvias - A Genus Well Traveled", Salvia Summit, Berkeley CA

Oct 30th" : The Diverse World of Salvias - A Genus Well Traveled" Friends of the Chico State Herbarium, CSUC, Chico CA

Talks from 2015

February 24th 1 pm : "The Diverse World of Salvias", Red Bluff Garden Club

March 19th 7 pm : "Gardens as Habitat using Native Plants", Shasta Chapter of CNPS, Redding

April 24th 9:30 am: "Gardening in Dry Times", California Garden Clubs, Inc. Buttes District Meeting at Paradise Recreation Center Paradise, CA

May 28th 7 pm : "The Diverse World of Salvias", Sacramento Perennial Plant Club Sacramento, CA

May 30th : "Reconsidering the Lawn - Lawn to Native Landscapes Workshop" (how-to hands-on workshop),  Butte Environmental Council Chico, CA. Place and time TBA

August 8th 10 am : "The Diverse World of Salvias", Annie's Annuals Richmond, CA

August 27th 6 pm: "The How-To Guide to a Pollinator Friendly Garden", Hayward Area Historical Society 22380 Foothill Blvd. Hayward, CA 

October 14th 7 pm : "Native Plants and their Pollinators in the Garden" Western Horticultural Society Palo Alto, CA

October 17th 'Ditch your Lawn! workshop sponsored by Department of Water Resources and CNPS, Redding CA

October 18th 'Ditch your Lawn! workshop sponsored by Department of Water Resources and CNPS, Chico CA

Talks from 2014

February 19, 2014 (Wednesday):  "Designing and Planting a Pollinator Garden" Chico Horticultural Society, Butte County Library Chico, CA, 10 am - 11 am.

March 8, 2014 (Saturday):  "Reconsidering the Lawn", The Plant Barn Nursery & Gifts, Chico, CA, 1pm - 2:30 pm.

April 19, 2014 (Saturday): "Designing A Pollinator Garden" (workshop), Friends of the Chico State Herbarium, CSU Chico, Chico CA, 9 am - 3 pm.

May 1, 2014 (Thursday): "The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias" (book signing & reception), The Plant Barn Nursery & Gifts, Chico, CA, TIME TBA

May 15, 2014 (Thursday): "The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias" (reading, book signing & reception), Lyon Books, Chico, CA, 7 pm.

May 27, 2014 (Tuesday): "California Native Salvias", Santa Clara Valley Chapter California Native Plant Society, Saratoga, CA. 7 pm - 8:30 pm. "The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias" will be available for purchase at this talk.

June 1, 2014 (Sunday): "Reconsidering the Lawn - Lawn to Native Landscapes Workshop" (how-to hands-on workshop), Butte Environmental Council Chico CA 9 am - 2 pm. 

June 8, 2014 (Sunday): "Habitat Gardening and Greywater for Native Landscapes", Paradise Garden Club's Waterwise Garden Expo 2014. Terry Ashe Center, Paradise, CA. Speaker times TBA.

September 8 2014 (Monday): "Salvias for the Northern Sacramento Valley" Redding Garden Club, Redding CA. 10:30am

September 14, 2014 (Sunday): "Habitat Gardening with Native Plants", Mt. Lassen Chapter of CNPS Native Plant Symposium. Speaker times TBA.

September 20 2014 (Saturday): "California Native Salvias" - Santa Clara Chapter CNPS  Symposium:Saving Water, Creating Beauty with California Native Plants"  Foothill College, Los Altos

September 22, 2014 (Monday): "Gardens as Habitat" - Butte County Master Gardeners.

October 4, 2014 (Saturday): "Gardens as Habitat" Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 10am - 12pm Redding CA

October 16, 2014 " (Thursday): The Diverse World of  Salvias" - Los Angeles County Arboretum

October 20, 2014 (Monday) : "The Diverse World of Salvias" Chico Horticultural Society, 1:00pm Chico Library, Chico, CA

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