Susan Betz is pleased to present these topics to garden groups and audiences in 2019.

To learn more & reserve your time, please contact Susan.

Herb Program Topics

People, Plants & Pollinators: The Herbal Connection 

As gardeners, we are often reminded of the vital role that pollinators and beneficial insects play in our landscapes and food supply. There is much information about pollinator-friendly flowers, but what about herbs? Herbs are multi-tasking plants in and out of the garden. Their flowers and fragrant foliage have something of value to offer both people and pollinators. Blending herbs into your yard and garden will increase biodiversity and ecological function. In this presentation, Susan discusses herbs to grow that will support and nourish people and wildlife in your backyard and beyond. 

Neighboring With Nature: Planting for Pleasure & Purpose 

The best gardens are planned in harmony with nature. In this presentation, Susan focuses on shifting traditional horticultural practices to manage your home environment and landscape for beauty, health, and ecological benefits. She will include design strategies from nature for solving problems and cultivating healthy, sustainable gardens and green spaces. Susan will introduce you to pretty and practical herbs, along with delightful American natives that will easily adapt to an existing garden or landscape.

Thymely Tips & Sage Advice

Parsley, basil, sage rosemary and thyme and lots of other herbs as well! Drying and preserving your herbal harvest for health, wellness, flavor, and fragrance. Topics covered in this presentation include herb seasonings, vinegar, drinks, fragrant potpourris, and decorations. Mixed with a good measure of green household hints. Samples and recipe handouts.

Growing Herbs in Containers

Many people have limited room in which to create and enjoy a garden. For them, containers are the ideal choice. Pots, tubs, window boxes, troughs, and baskets all offer a variety of creative planting opportunities. Learn the tips and tricks on how to grow herbs for use and delight in containers successfully. Plant combinations, container styles and materials, potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements will be covered in this presentation. 

Magical Moons & Seasonal Cycles: Garden Phenology 

Phenology is the study of the timing of natural periodic events in the plant and animal world influenced by the local environment, especially weather, temperature, seasonal cycles, and climate. Plant and animal life cycles are predictors of reoccurring events in nature. Drawing from her decades of gardening experience, Susan will discuss how to use “nature’s calendar.” When to plant and perform seasonal garden tasks and initiate preventive measures to control unwanted weeds, insects, and plant disease. 


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