Integrating Ecology into Gardening with James Dillon, PCH, Horticulturist/Designer, Native Havens
This meeting is hosted at the home of Kathy Knock, who lives across the street from our speaker, James Dillon.
We are meeting rain or shine; Kathy has a very nice garage in which we can meet if it is raining.
From James Dillon: “Understanding some ecological concepts helps land managers and gardeners steer their planting in a desired direction and maximizes our effectiveness in the garden. I’ll talk about the natural progression of different species in an area following a disturbance and the importance of identifying plants’ active season of growth. I’ll also touch on the difference between “R” (short-lived) and “K” (long-lived) plants and why it’s important in design and maintenance.” The presentation includes a tour of James’ garden.
Kathy says, “You are welcome to walk around the house to see our beautiful gardens, potting/garden shed, pond and a wrought iron fenced raised bed garden and horse arena. Please feel free to visit the 3 horses in the barnyard and an emu named Lady Earl Grey. We call her Earl. There will be one of her eggs out on a table so you can see how big and pretty they are. Also please visit our chickens behind the white barn. They love visitors too!”
James Dillon is the owner of Native Havens. He 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 9:00am followed by the program at 9:30am. Bring a chair and a breakfast food to share, and garden plants for exchange. Set plant exchanges in front of Kathy’s garden/potting shed.
Reference materials: Download the Functionality of Plants in the Garden list by James Dillon.
Directions: From Shepherdstown take 480 towards Kearneysville. Go under the Route 9 bridge and make your 1st right onto Bower Road. Go 1-1/2 miles; you will see my horse arena first on the right and then my paved driveway next. From Charles Town take Route 9 West to the Shepherdstown/Leetown exit. Turn left at the end of the exit onto Leetown Road. Go under the bridge and make your 1st right onto Bower Road. Go 1-1/2 miles; you will see my horse arena first on the right and then the paved driveway next. From Martinsburg take Route 9 East to the Kearneysville/Leetown exit. Turn right at the end of the exit. Make an immediate right onto Bower Road. Go 1-1/2 miles; you will see my horse arena first on the right and then my paved driveway next.
Parking is on either side of the driveway in the grass. Please park at an angle so there will be room for everyone. Overflow parking around the arena. The meeting will be held on the patio behind the house.