May Meeting - Small is the New Big

  • Mon, May 14, 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Lorene Edwards Forkner

Small is the New BIG: 3 Big Rules (& 4 Small Ones) for Designing Small Gardens with Impact

The San Diego Horticultural Society welcomes author, speaker and avid gardener/cook, Lorene Edwards Forkner. Lorene will discuss Small is the New BIG: 3 Big Rules (& 4 Small Ones) for Designing Small Gardens with Impact. City-sized gardens, high density urban housing, fewer hours for leisure (and even fewer for slaving in the garden) – you have to be a master of invention or mistress of ingenuity when it comes to fitting a garden into a busy 21st century life. Lorene offers us a lively evening illustrated with slides and stories of gardens infused with personality and passion, structure and changing seasonal interest. You can have a landscape that lives large regardless of the size of its footprint and still have time left over to enjoy it.

Author, speaker and avid gardener/cook, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life that the Pacific Northwest affords.  Working from home and tending a small city garden provides Lorene with a living workshop and practical skills in her hands-on pursuit of color, textures, form and delicious flavor every day of the year.  A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse her every effort with personality, wit and sustainability.

Lorene is the author of Handmade Garden Projects: step by step instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More (Timber Press, 2011) and regularly blogs at where she recounts her explorations, sometimes hapless experiments, and spins stories about home, garden, work and play.

 Our Mission  To inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants, and to create beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes.

Our Vision  To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.


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