September 12, 2017
KELLY D. NORRIS
Planting for the Future
Modern gardens need to be more than beautiful. They need tocelebrate biodiversity and create tangible connections to our environment. Gardening with purpose is the mantra as 21st century consumers seek to create gardens that feed us, benefit wildlife, enable greater public engagement, mitigate storm water and more. In this lecture, plantsman Kelly D. Norris will challenge audiences to plant more diversity in landscapes, while maximizing aesthetics through contemporary design.
Iowa plantsman Kelly D. Norris, the first director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, is the author of Plants With Style and A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award. As a speaker, he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture.
The lecture is preceded by our Annual Plant & Seed, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. This “one for one” swap is for members and their guests. Take your plants and seed packets—marked with botanical names—to the front of the Vollmer Center, then look for plants to add to your garden.