While plenty of wonderful plants will grow in the shade, many of them can be a bit finicky. And it always seems that the prettiest ones – the ones we want the most – are the most needy. But there are options out there for gardeners who want attractive shade plants that don’t need much maintenance to thrive. Join the hosts of the award-winning podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants, for a live event where they offer options for plants that are happy in shade – and look great, too. Danielle Sherry, executive editor of Fine Gardening and Steve Aitken, the editor-at-large, present an in-depth look at some amazing, tough plants for shade, offering tips on care, advice on placement, and even some design ideas. Joining Danielle and Steve will Andrew Brand, plant curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. If you want to learn how to spruce up your shade garden – and have a good time doing it – be sure to join us!
Thursday December 17, 2020, starting at 7:00 PM EST
Danielle Sherry
Executive Editor, Fine Gardening
Danielle Sherry has been an editor at Fine Gardening magazine since 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked throughout the gardening world for over 25 years running nurseries, garden centers, and even a few farms. Danielle is constantly experimenting with new plants and testing new design strategies in her Connecticut gardens. She has lectured throughout the U.S. and co-hosts the award winning podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants twice a month. An Accredited Nursery Professional, she enjoys sharing both her horticultural successes and failures with anyone that loves plants as much as she does.
Steve Aitken
Editor atxLarge, Fine Gardening
Steve Aitken began at The Taunton Press in 2001 and climbed the editorial ranks over time, eventually being named editor in 2009. Steve is a passionate gardener and top-notch editor and wordsmith. He co-hosts the award winning podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants twice a month, has been a featured speaker at several national gardening events over the years, including the Northwest Flower Show and the Boston Flower and Garden Show. His regular column in the magazine is a delight for all who struggle daily to achieve perfection in their efforts.
Andrew Brand
Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Andy Brand is the Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Located in Boothbay, the garden opened in 2007 and is considered the largest botanical garden in New England; comprising 295 acres, 17 of which are gardens featuring native plants. Prior to joining the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Andy was the manager of the rare-plant nursery, Broken Arrow in Connecticut. He held that position for 27 years before moving north to explore a new plant palette and a new array of local microbrews.
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