a Virtual New Lecture!
Houseplants by Design: A Virtual Lecture
By Tovah Martin
You want houseplants, you need
houseplants – but do you really utilize houseplants to
their fullest potential? In this virtual lecture filled with
photos and inspiration from my own massive collection of houseplants,
we explore some of the easiest, most rewarding houseplants appropriate
for all types of home situations and varying window exposures.
We talk about what to grow where and how to host houseplants.
But we also add another layer. Beyond your usual practical presentation,
here’s ideas for profiling your plants beautifully and
artistically. Your houseplant could be so much more than just
the green blob in the corner. We talk about design principles
and how they relate to houseplants. We discuss ways to pair
houseplants and profile them meaningfully to work with your
décor. We present containers that really make your houseplants
shine with personality. And of course, we tell you exactly how
to host and care for houseplants so they work for you. Your
habitat needs houseplants—why not do it with panache?
Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing
A Zoom Webinar by Tovah Martin
matter if you’re gardening in a close-knit neighborhood
or a sprawling estate, you want to garden efficiently, prolifically,
sustainably, and beautifully. You need to garden smartly and
you’ve got to conserve your resources. This lecture focuses
on all the points on your checklist. When you layer a garden,
not only do you maximize space, but you can also create hardworking
habitats. You can fulfill a balance between what you need and
what nature needs. Using my own garden that I call Furthermore
as an example, I describe how to create layers in varied habitats
including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result
is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating
when plants go wall-to-wall. This lecture shares how that shakes
down to serve our needs as well as the needs of pollinators
and other creatures. You can expect to hear many innovative
ideas beyond the usual solutions.
Personal Houseplant Trainer
Coaching via Zoom
Who does Martha Stewart Living
call to vet houseplant stories? Me. Who does The New York Times,
Real Simple, and Redbook call when they need answers to readers’
houseplant quandaries. Moi. Now, I’m here for you too.
Thanks to the magic of Zoom, I am available for indoor gardening
consultations. For a modest hourly fee, I will troubleshoot
your houseplant issues, serve as a houseplant doctor, diagnose
issues, suggest new houseplants (and show you examples from
my extensive collection), send you follow-up lists of recommended
plants, plus be your coach and cheerleader for an hour. We’ll
talk about containers, we’ll discuss merging plants into
your décor. It’s like hiring a personal shopper
for plants. It’s like spending an hour with the houseplant
whisperer. Your home deserves this and so do you. The perfect
holiday, birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day gift!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A live outdoor presentation by Tovah Martin
Where would we be without houseplants? Now more than ever, we’re
discovering the critical role that plants and nature play in
our lives especially when we’re confined indoors. Houseplants
are my specialty—and the intimacy has grown stronger over
many decades. With dozens of glorious mature and robust houseplants,
I’m hitting the road to bring my houseplants to your garden
club, library, or whatever. In answer to COVID restrictions,
I’ve come up with a live outdoor presentation where the
audience can safely social distance.
In this presentation, I
bring big, beautiful houseplants and link with the audience
to recommend plants that work in their home spaces. We discuss
design and emphasize style, containers, combinations, décor,
plus nuts & bolts. You can do this with panache! I take
the opportunity to engage with attendees and recommend plants
for their individual lifestyles/conditions/ and personality.
This is such a timely topic! Contact me about using this opportunity
to learn safely outdoors.
Your Flower Child Update:
How You Can Be More in Bloom
Everyone talks about bulking
up the blossoms in gardens to benefit pollinators: Here’s
how you can make it happen. Join lecturer Tovah Martin as she
suggests how to weave pollinator-pleasing flowers into found
spaces on your property. We talk about flowers that work particularly
well for discretely knitting a garden together—including
herbs that please on so many levels. And we liberate herbs from
the strict confines of formal beds to let them romp around.
But that’s just the beginning: This PowerPoint lecture
shows how you can discover under-utilized spaces everywhere
including vegetable gardens, roadside strips, converted lawns,
and meadows to increase Flower Power. On the 50th Anniversary
of Earth Day, this message seems particularly important.
Camp for your Senses
A lecture by Tovah Martin
Your garden could be so fulfilling,
if you plug in. Created to coincide with the publication of
Tovah’s new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season,
this lecture explores the garden on all levels by attuning your
nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to
garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched.
Tailored to the current season to make each presentation dynamic,
this lecture will lead your group through an odyssey of exploration
to awaken the senses and arouse your abilities of perception
on all levels. Sharing advice and ideas to deeply enhance the
gardening experience while also incorporating a “Smellathon”
to help get nostrils in gear, this lecture is beautiful and
fun as well as highly practical. Want to broaden your horizons?
After his presentation, your garden will be more savory, you
will know its touch, smell its aromas, hear its voice, and see
as if the World Depends on Us
A lecture by Tovah Martin
Worried about the world? Take
action! Actually, just by being a gardener, you are already
making a big difference. Want to do more? Gardens offer so many
opportunities to link with nature and rescue the world. What
can you do to help? Everything! This lecture is filled with
ideas from gardeners who rallied their acreage in backyards
large and small to make a difference. From 21st Century versions
of Victory Gardens to pollinator plants, native shrubs, and
bird forage with scenic excursions into cover-the-earth density
plantings, lawn alternatives, herbs, and drought-tolerant suggestions,
we talk about how you can ally with nature to make the world
a better place for all creatures. The results are ravishing—these
gardens bristle with beauty and overflow with pride. With a
trowel in hand, you can save the earth.
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!
Attention garden centers and
flower shops! Do your employees or customers need a little coaching
in the houseplant department? I’m here for you! Whether
you need a quick rundown on the specifics of houseplant care
for your staff or a day-long intensive for staff or customers,
classes can be geared to your stock. We’ll cover everything
from easiest houseplants for beginners to trouble shooting.
We’ll do therapy sessions, tackle issues with answers,
and practice repotting. I can lead shopping sprees for a Girls/Guys
Night Out. We can even create a combo dish container together.
This is a hands-on class, no PowerPoint projection ability is
necessary to make it happen. With nearly 50 years of experience,
when it comes to houseplants—I wrote the books.
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.