Water Smart Gardening: One year we have lots of rain, another year (or two in a row) we have drought. In a time of water bans, how do you build a garden to survive the too wet seasons as well as the too dry? We will discuss the right way to water (yes, there are wrong ways) and why sprinkler systems can be as bad for your plants as they are for your wallet.
Betty Sanders is a widely recognized speaker on gardening and environmental subjects. She has lectured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Massachusetts Horticutural Society, the Boston Flower Show, and at numerous garden clubs and civic groups throughout New England. A Lifetime Master Gardener, she is also a nationally accredited floral design judge. Her gardens have been open for the Garden Conservancy Garden Tour.
Betty examined her two acre home garden, she realized that the maintenance and upkeep was beginning to exceed the time and energy she had to give to it. Thinking back on the gardens she had constructed as a ‘corporate gypsy’ she realized that our gardens need to change as our lives do, even if we stay in the same place. Her latest garden, built to accompany their retirement dream home, is lawn free, two acres with a very heavy emphasis on native plants.
Wherever she is working in the garden, Betty considers it vital to eliminate virtually all herbicides and pesticides, respect the soil and encourage the use of more native plants in our landscapes. Her ‘Horticultural Hints’ appear monthly in the Mass Hort Leaflet magazine and on her website, www.BettyOnGardening.com.