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Troughs: Gardening in the Smallest Landscape
Saturday, March 21, 1:30-3:30 pm

Instructor: Lori Chips

Co-sponsored with the North American Rock Garden Society
This lecture will cover the basics of creating a trough inside a mold – from the hypertufa mix to molding, shaping, and finishing. We will also explore planting styles, from the miniature landscape to more adventurous plantings. Lori will present an in-depth “Plant-up” of the class landscape and how to accomplish believability through scale and placement. Soils will also be discussed, as well as ideas for placing troughs in the greater garden to good effect. Finally, Lori will cover a series of growable plant choices for troughs, including conifers and shrubs, alpine and rock garden plants, and the always popular hardy succulents.

Along the way Lori will offer lots of tips and tricks for avoiding pitfalls and problems gleaned from over 20 years in the “trough trenches.” Hard-won aesthetic do’s and don’ts will help novice and experienced trough gardeners alike to tackle their choices.

Lori Chips has been committed to the exploration of alpine plants since her student days at the New York Botanical Garden. After graduating, she accepted the job as propagator for the Rock and Native Plant Gardens there. She has been Alpine Manager at the Oliver Nurseries for over 20 years, expanding the rock garden collection and pressing the boundaries in the art and science of creating and planting troughs, a long-standing interest that holds a special place in her heart. Her book on the subject: Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden was released by Timber Press in 2018.

She has taught classes at NYBG, lectured to North American Rock Garden Society and written many articles for NARGS as well as Oliver’s over the years. As a botanical illustrator, Lori’s artwork has appeared on the covers of the NARGS Quarterly (1999). She is the recipient of the Carleton R. Worth Award for horticultural writing. She has judge at the Philadelphia Flower Show as well as at smaller venues.

Lori lives and gardens with her husband Joe, without whom there would be less rock in the rock garden, and who is her unflagging partner, travelling to climb mountains, explore other gardens, and meet other like-minded gardeners.

Single class scheduled on 3/21/2020 at 1:30PM
Attendees: 1 $ 23.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 43.00 ea.