Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden with James Dillon, PCH, Horticulturist/Designer, owner of Native Havens, LLC
James’ presentation will emphasize that ideal gardens provide both visual beauty and environmental benefit. Resilient gardens are designed with a “layered” approach using plants that possess specific traits. Functional and aesthetic design elements like form, habit, leaf/flower texture, and root morphology will be discussed. Bringing these elements together all while keeping pollinators and birds in mind will make the most out of our gardening spaces.
James has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from East Carolina University and has been working in the field for more than 13 years, most notably at the Delaware Center for Agriculture. James’ landscape and garden designs emphasize native plant selections, environmental benefits and low maintenance. He has designed several rain gardens in the region and volunteers for the Monarch Alliance, designing butterfly way-stations for them.
Breakfast begins at 9:00 am followed by the program at 9:30 am. Bring a chair and a breakfast food to share, and garden plants for exchange.
Directions: From Shepherdstown or Martinsburg, take Route 45 to Greensburg Road. – you will see a sign for Faith Christian Academy – continue to follow Greensburg Road making a Sharp Right turn at the Stop Sign that says “Stop except when turning Right”. Continue on Greensburg Road ~2.2 miles until Greensburg Rd veers toward the right by a 2-story light yellow house just past the ‘Bed and Biscuit’ sign for a dog kennel on the right. YOU WILL DRIVE STRAIGHT AHEAD onto Myers Bridge Road. (Many people miss the sign for Myers Bridge Road and mistakenly keep driving on Greensburg Road.) Keep driving straight on Myers Bridge Rd and continue straight past the Dead End sign. Take the next left after Jacobs Road onto Plantation Place Drive which is the entrance to Greystone on the Opequon. Continue on Plantation Place Drive to Coachmen Run Road on your left. Take Coachmen Run Road to the end and turn left onto Christian Tabler Road South. We are the first house on the left, #41. Any problems with the directions, just call me at 304-264-3748.
For anyone coming from North of Martinsburg, take I-81 south to exit 20 (Spring Mills), turn left over the bridge to US Route 11 and go right (Route 11 South). Turn left at Bedington Road by the traffic light (Bedington Crossroads store on the right on Rt. 11 just past the intersection). At end of Bedington road, turn left onto Scrabble Road and continue over the bridge over Opequon Creek to Jacobs road on the right. At end of Jacobs Road turn right onto Myers Bridge Road. Take the next left onto Plantation Place Dr (Greystone on the Opequon) and follow directions above for roads in Greystone.