Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture -- Ken Druse

The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Since 1979, The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. This year’s Benjamin Blackburn Lecture speaker is Ken Druse. His talk The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change plumbs the depths of shade once again – 20 years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden.

This time, it’s to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process, in topics such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and discovering the vast array of owers and foliage – all within the trials of a warming planet, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns. Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat – he says, “The garden of the future will be in the shade.”

The presentation will include moving images, vivid color photos, as well as his own experiences with suffering from and adapting to the new world’s garden.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. His involvement with the Morris County Park Commission began with his friendship with Henry and Robert Tubbs, whose property Willowwood, eventually became the Willowwood Arboretum. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans – members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Currently, the scholarship is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris. This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental, and design studies offered through the accredited CCM programs. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design. A book signing and light refreshments follow the talk.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Register by January 28 Snow Date Sunday, February 4

1:00p - 3:00p
Haggerty Center
$30 members / $35 non-member
Saturday, February 3, 2018