Maureen Gilmer is the guest speaker at our April 12 meeting. She is a horticulturist, designer, photographer and author of 20 books on gardening. She will talk to us about The Colorful, Dry Garden, which is the title of her most recent book. Copies will be available for purchase after the meeting.
Maureen is a second-generation Los Angeles native with 40 years’ experience in arid climate gardening, landscape architecture and the environment. Maureen is passionate about flowers in the dry California garden. She says, “I love the delicate, sensual beauty of flowers. After all, they exist for no other reason than to be attractive. To this end, I celebrated my 40 years in horticulture with my book, The Colorful Dry Garden, which blends what we learned during the 1970s drought with more contemporary introductions like succulents. I wanted to create a palette for changing out a garden with new flowering drought-tolerant beauties, old and new. I’ve tested them all and vouch for their suitability, particularly in problem inland locations. Yes, flowers are returning to dry California gardens, if only we plant them.”
Besides books, Maureen has penned countless magazine features on plants, design and wildfire in the west. For more than a decade she’s written a weekly syndicated column, Yardsmart,” that runs in the Scripps and McClatchy newspaper chains. Maureen has appeared on The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and was host and project designer for four seasons of Weekend Gardening, on the DIY Channel. She lives in the desert north of Palm Springs with her husband. When not gardening, she’s riding wilderness trails on her Arabian horse.
If you have any questions about the speaker or meeting, please contact Nancy. Hope to see you on the 12th!