Garden Spark Talks

What is Garden Spark?

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 it’s called Garden Spark.

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 host 3 to 4 talks per year. View the 2018 lineup here.

How to Attend

Talks are limited-attendance events and generally sell out within just a few days — or even a few hours. I open ticket sales privately to those on my Garden Spark email list a few days before making a public announcement here at Digging. So please join the Garden Spark email list in order to receive these early notifications. Simply click this link and ask to be added. I’ll never share or sell your email address.

Public announcements of each talk are made here at Digging following the email-group ticket sales, and any remaining tickets are sold first-come, first-served, by email request.

When I launched the Garden Spark talk series in early 2017, I was sure there was an unmet need in Austin for engaging and thought-provoking talks about garden design. The response has been greater than I hoped. My thanks to all who have attended a talk so far. Your participation is helping to broaden the conversation about garden design in our community!


2017 Speakers

October 19, 2017: Seattle designer and author Karen Chapman, “Foliage and Focal Points: Ideas for Gardens and Budgets of All Sizes” (Photo courtesy of Karen Chapman)

May 18, 2017: Author, blogger, and designer Pam Penick, “Water-Saving Gardens That Wow”

March 30, 2017: Landscape architect James deGrey David, “Looking at Gardens: A Personal View” (Photo courtesy of James David)

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