Garden Spark Talks

SOLD OUT: James deGrey David: “Looking at Gardens: A Personal View”, March 30, 2017

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Garden of James David and Gary Peese

Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’m hosting a series of garden talks by top-notch design speakers out of my home, and I’m calling it Garden Spark! Join the Garden Spark email list for speaker announcements and invitations delivered to your inbox; simply click the link and ask to be added.

Garden Spark talks are for anyone with an interest in gardening, garden design, and learning from design experts. You won’t find anything else like this in Austin! I know because I’m always looking for garden presentations geared to avid and experienced gardeners, by well-known designers and authors, and they just don’t come around that often.

Hosting at home keeps down expenses and creates a fun, intimate experience for a small number of guests: just 30 people. To attract excellent speakers I’m paying them a fair speaker fee, raised through ticket sales. For the cost of a movie, drinks, and popcorn, you can enjoy seeing a great garden speaker in a cozy, personal setting. I expect to host 3 to 4 talks per year.

Speakers will be announced on this page as well as in blog posts. Subscribe to Digging to have my blog posts delivered to your inbox. And if you join the Garden Spark email list, I’ll send you speaker announcements and invitations via email (and I’ll never share or sell your email address).


Photo courtesy of James David

On March 30th, Austin landscape architect James deGrey David will present “Looking at Gardens: A Personal View”:

“I like clarity in a garden. I don’t want my eye to wander and get too far ahead. I want it to be clear what I am looking at. Hardscape (paths, patios, terraces, walls, arbors, and other built features) is a key element in leading the eye through a garden. From the moment you step out of a car and onto a path, you are analyzing the home and garden. First impressions matter not only for your guests but most importantly for yourself. I’ll discuss how to build your garden into an exciting progression of spaces that lead you in and out of your home.

Each garden is unique, influenced by climate, soils, shade and shadow, and exposure to light. Hardscape materials can provide a stage for plants and plantings. Outdoor seating and dining areas, pools and water features, and lighting will be interwoven into ideas of garden design. This will all come together as a series of interrelated possibilities for your home and garden.”

Speaker bio: Landscape architect James David, of David/Peese Design, chaired the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program for many years and founded Gardens, a boutique nursery and home-goods shop in Austin (closed in 2010). An avid plant collector, James and his partner, Gary Peese, have created a masterwork garden in the Rollingwood neighborhood, which they’ve regularly shared with the public on Open Days tours. After three decades of tending their acclaimed home and garden, the couple are in the process of relocating to Santa Fe.

After the talk, I’ll have light refreshments to enjoy while you meet James.

What: Garden talk by landscape architect James deGrey David: “Looking at Gardens: A Personal View”

When: Thursday, March 30th, 7:30-8:30 pm, with a meet-and-greet until 9 pm

Where: Private home in northwest Austin (zip 78759)

How to attend: Send me an email requesting an invitation, and I’ll send you the link to the event page. By the way, email-list subscribers (just ask, and I’ll add you) get 24-hour advance notification when tickets go on sale for these limited-attendance events.

Update 2/8/17: ***THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. If you’d like to hear about future Garden Spark talks, please get on the mailing list. Send me an email and let me know you’d like to be added to the email list.***

Garden Spark is a nonprofit speaker series on garden design, open by invitation and hosted in my home. Admission goes entirely to compensate our excellent speakers.

Please note: Ticket sales are final. If the event doesn’t fill or is cancelled due to any unforeseen reason, full refunds will be given.

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Past Speakers

February 2, 2017: Designer and author Scott Ogden, “The Moonlit Garden”

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