June 7-9
Danville, IN

2018 State Conference

2018 State Conference

2018 State Conference

2018 State Conference

C L Fornari


Start Where You Are: Garden Design and Established Landscapes

Friday Morning Keynote

This talk focuses on design principles and specific suggestions for people who already have a yard and garden and want to learn how to best make improvements. It is a beautifully illustrated presentation (think “before and after”) which acknowledges that most of us don’t start with a blank slate. I explain how assorted changes – some simple and some more extensive – can enhance a garden’s appearance and functionality.

The Cocktail Hour Garden

Friday Evening Keynote

For most of us, life is jam-packed. In the 21st century it becomes even more important to take a break at the end of the work day, put aside our digital devices and reconnect with other people and the natural world. This talk explores how we can all benefit from a garden created for the senses. Whether you sit in such a space with a cup of coffee in the morning, an iced tea in the afternoon, or a cocktail at the end of the day, The Cocktail Hour Garden will be a refuge where you can relax, recharge, and reconnect with other people and the natural world.

About the Speaker

C L Fornari is the Keynote Speaker

C.L. Fornari is a plant geek who fell into garden communications in 1995. She is the author of seven books including A Garden Lover’s Martha’s Vineyard, Coffee for Roses and The Cocktail Hour Garden. These books are all fully illustrated with C.L.’s photographs.

C.L. has been a monthly columnist for Angie’s List Magazine and Prime Time Magazine and contributed articles to other publications including Fine Gardening, Coastal Home, Country Gardens, Cape Cod Life and American Nurseryman.

GardenLine, C.L.’s 2-hour live radio program is heard on Saturday mornings on WXTK. For two years she was also the host of The Garden Lady on WRKO, and was a regular contributor to The Cultivated Gardener, heard on NPR stations nationwide. She and fellow garden writer Ellen Zachos will launch Plantrama, a podcast about plants, in 2017.

As a speaker, C.L. presents to a variety of horticultural trade shows, gardening groups and alumni or neighborhood associations. In addition to speaking, radio, and writing, C.L. blogs and runs a consultation service for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on Cape Cod.

Her not-so-secret mission is to start a gardening revival in the USA…in the meantime she gardens on Poison Ivy Acres in Sandwich, MA.  For more on C. L., visit her website at gardenlady.com.