Event Dates

Saturday March 2, 2013  

  • Registration Opens at 10:00 AM
  • Lecture - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Booksigning - 12:45 to 2:00 PM

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The Key School 
534 Hillsmere Drive
Activity Building
Annapolis, MD 21403

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Rick Darke's books will be available for purchase at a reduced cost at this event. They can also be ordered in advance during the registration process for pickup at the event .


Barbara Dowling 
Unity Gardens, Inc. 


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'Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden' Lecture by Rick Darke

On Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, Rick Darke will present a 90-minute lecture entitiled "Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden". He will be available to sign books immediately following the lecture.

Rick Darke

Debate about the relative merits or pitfalls of using native or exotic plants is often long on emotion and short on common sense. In this lecture Rick will draw on his background in horticultural science, contemporary ecology, and modern resource management studies to describe a balanced ethic for beautiful, functional, sustainable garden design.

Rick Darke, is an award winning author, photographer, lecturer and consultant focused on regional landscape design, planning, conservation, and enhancement.

Rick heads a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on landscape ethics, contextual design and photography.  His work blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and management of livable landscapes.  His projects include parks, scenic byways, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, botanic gardens and residential landscapes.

Rick's work has been featured in The New York Times, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated and on National Public Radio.  He is the author and photographer of many books including The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. For further information visit: www.rickdarke.com

Sponsored by Unity Gardens as a fundraiser, this event will be held on Saturday March 2, 2013 at The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland at 11:00 AM. Registration, including complimentary coffee and pasteries will open at 10:00 AM.  A Booksigning will be held immediately following the lecture.  A portion of the ticket price is tax deductable. Space is limited and advanced registration is requested. Walk-in registration (cash or check only) will be accepted. 

  This lecture is approved as Advanced Training for Maryland Master Gardeners