The Indestructible Houseplant
A lecture by Tovah Martin
Deep down inside you’ve always yearned to grow houseplants,
right? Who doesn’t want to bask in the calming beauty
of something green cohabitating in your home? If only you had
a green thumb…
In this illustrated lecture, Tovah
Martin urges you to give peace lilies a chance. With the new
generation of unkillable houseplants, cohabitating with plants
doesn't have to be high maintenance. Select one of these readily
available ironclad plants, and your home is going to be a walk
in the park without any stress, mess, or bother. Even if you
have less-than-ideal conditions, this lecture provides recommendations
for dozens of tough cookies that can survive and thrive despite
challenging situations. And there is nothing ho-hum about these
houseplants. You will see trendy new versions of beloved workhorses
such as sansevierias, nerve plants, Chinese evergreens, begonias,
spider plants, ferns, and all your favorites. Plus, creative
ideas for fun, funky containers to put pizzazz into your windowsill
will be presented. We'll talk about matching the right plant
with your situation and personality; we'll discuss potting,
watering, fertilizer, maintenance, and all your indoor issues.
And we'll tackle mixing and matching indestructibles with a
demonstration on how to make it happen. Never kill another houseplant!
Houseplant Live Beauty Pageant!
If you thought that houseplants
were boring—look again. Check out today’s stunners!
The new generation of windowsill worthies are not your grandmother’s
dusty houseplants. And just to prove how glamorous houseplants
can be, Tovah Martin will strut outrageously handsome houseplants
down the runway. Move over haute couture! These beauty queens
are not just long and lithe. Some are curvaceous, others are
kinky. What our begonias, peperomias, ferns, agaves, etc. all
share in common is that they are indestructible—as long
as you select the right match for you and your home. To help
you find the green roommate of your dreams, we’ll talk
about every photosynthesizing supermodel. The comely unkillables
will be accompanied by a running lively commentary on how to
host these hubba-hubba houseplants. Plus, questions will be
entertained. Come and be dazzled.
This lecture/pageant is limited
to locations within driving distance of Connecticut.
Get ready for the Houseplant Revolution. What the world needs
now is more green close by – and houseplants are the answer.
These aren’t your grandmother’s dowdy, dusty versions.
These are houseplants with panache. These are plants that you
didn’t necessarily associate with windowsills. Have you
ever thought of growing a perennial as a housemate, for example?
Heucheras and primroses are just a couple of the unexpected
houseplants recommended in this lecture. And we talk all about
how to bust houseplants out of their plastic past and into a
swank future. What? You’ve tried and failed with houseplants?
Here’s how to make your windowsill into a success story
without quitting your day job. You and kangaroo paws are going
to live happily ever after.
the Garden with Personality
You are what you eat, you dress for success, why not harness
your garden as an expression of the inner you? In this interactive
lecture, we explore how a garden can reflect your personality.
We discuss infusing your personal space with personality, panache,
and punch while searching for your deeper individualist. No
matter if you’re accessorizing a grand estate or tucking
a few treasured objects into a windowsill terrarium, there’s
always opportunity to follow your own drummer. Using examples
from some of the finest gardens in the country and quoting from
many of the most astute gardeners in the world, we demonstrate
how to have fun and optimize your landscape in this digital
slide lecture. The lecture finale is a terrarium planting demonstration.
Terrariums & You
you need nature close by, houseplants are the answer. And if
you’ve always yearned to host houseplants, but failed
– this lecture will come to the rescue. The answer is
crystal clear: Glass can serve as a solution to bond botany
and you. With the aid of a terrarium, you can host nature almost
anywhere – in your parched apartment or your dim office
cubicle. In addition, terrariums can be the ideal venue to bring
nature into children’s lives. These “small worlds”
introduce beauty, botany, whimsy, sophistication, and sparkle
into any decor, but these projects are also surprisingly inexpensive.
Not only will we share all sorts of recycling ideas for enlisting
everything from vases to cake stands, fishbowls, lemonade pitchers,
cookie jars, etc for growing plants and showcasing nature, but
recommendations for plant selection, care, and maintenance will
be shared. This lecture demonstrates precisely how to work with
glass enclosures of all types to incorporate green into your
life, no matter how busy your schedule might be.
gardening world’s most rewarding make-and-take, everyone
succeeds at a terrarium workshop. Appropriate for groups ranging
from 2nd graders to seniors, this workshop leads you through
the making of a terrarium step-by-step. In this 1 ½ to
2 hour class, every attendee is able to create a small world
encased in glass by the end of the session. All kinds of budgets
can fit into this configuration and, if desired, materials can
be supplied to make it happen within the New England region
and its close neighbors. Farther afield, detailed lists of materials
can be furnished to help you prepare the ingredients for the
workshop. The venue begins with an explanation of terrariums
and how they work to minimize maintenance and make indoor gardening
sparkle. From there, we move into a step-by-step demonstration.
And then everyone crafts their own little glass-encased masterpiece.
Every attendee has a fantastic, creative, enabling, rewarding
time! With decades of experience in growing terrariums of all
descriptions, I’m the expert in this craft and share exactly
how to correctly construct terrariums that live happily ever
Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship
beauty of gardens is that they mature. This is a lecture about
horticultural preservation, stewardship, and how gardeners grapple
with change. We address the challenges of bringing landscapes
into the next generation. Whether you have inherited a landscape
or created a garden over decades and now face mature trees and
shrubs that require preemptive pruning or relocation, we explore
issues and answers. We look at woodland gardens and grand estates,
we explore gardens great and small. We tackle such sticky wickets
as rehabilitating overgrown boxwood hedges and coping with plants
that were once considered exotics but have now been unmasked
as invasives. This is a lecture about bringing yesterday’s
gardens into tomorrow. But we also talk about plant preservation
and heirloom varieties, honoring the people who have worked
to preserve vintage ornamentals so those plants with a past
can become the superstars of future gardens.
Putting Perennials through their Paces
perennials are the bread-and-butter of the garden – and
we see them repeated over and over again. We love these goodfellows,
it’s true. But why not do some fancy footwork in the garden?
Doing stunts with perennials is what this lecture is all about.
In it, we’ll talk about perennials that thumb their noses
at perilous environments – such as seaside gardens and
far north landscapes. We’ll also talk about daring deeds
with color – pulling the stops with perennials. But the
real crux of this lecture will come when we discuss perennials
through the seasons and how they can be combined with bulbs
– both hardy and summer bulbs. Tracing the rise of the
newest manifestation of the mixed border, we’ll see the
union between perennials and bulbs translated into Wynn Sayman’s
Berkshire spring fling. Then we’ll show how Piet Oudolf,
the famed Dutch designer, and Jacqueline van der Kloet pulled
it off at the NYBG Seasonal Walk. Finally, we’ll show
the High Line project where perennials straddle the catwalk
of an exposed/windswept/raised garden and thrive. These perennials
are the epitome of plants that never say die. If they can survive
in shallow soil, in beating sun, on a blustery bridge abutting
the water – then your garden should be a piece of cake.
Gardening for the 5 Senses
than gardening one-dimensionally, why not engage all your senses?
This lecture helps you perceive all the stimuli in the garden
by putting all your senses on alert. Itís fitness training for
the senses. With sight, we talk about how colors change with
light through the day while discussing how color combines and
is balanced by our eyes. We explore floral scents (good and
bad), but also coach your nose on how to explore the garden
to the max. Touch delves into the textures of the garden, but
also discusses how to select tools to avoid injuries. When we
tackle taste, seed saving and heirloom vegetables are the savory
subject. After this lecture, gardening will never be the same.