The Inland Empire Gardeners will have an extra meeting this month, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Noel Kingsbury, celebrated English garden designer and author of more than 20 gardening books on such diverse subjects as wildflowers, bold leaved plants, natural garden style, green roofs, and the history of plant breeding, will speak on “Women, Men, and Gardening”.
Kingsbury has been a keen gardener since he was a boy, has run a nursery, has designed public gardens, promotes naturalistic garden design but at the same time encourages pushing the envelope of garden design with an almost Victorian passion for growing new plants. Living and gardening near the Wales/English border, he is an internationally sought after speaker.
He is interested in how gardening and landscapes intersect with society, art, philosophy, and the natural environment. With “Women, Men, and Gardening” he looks at how gender influences gardening (and also how US and British gardeners differ). He points out how, today, men are directed towards the hardscape side of gardening: putting in patios and walks, pouring concrete and making rock walls; while women are the ones who pick the flowers and work with color. It wasn’t always thus; in Britain, men were frequently avid flower gardeners. But today, garden clubs and Master Gardener organizations end to be composed primarily of women. Why is this so?
The lecture will take place at Centerplace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216. TIEG members with a current membership card will be admitted free; for others, the cost is $10.