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2018|2019 PROGRAMS

Saturday, January 19, 2019

One-Hundred Years of Front Yards:
The Evolution of the Foundation Planting


Presenter: Laura Deeter, PhD (aka The Garden Hoe)

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Gates Mills Environmental Education Center

390 County Line Road, Gates Mills 44040

Phone number on day of program is 216-347-9787

Program is free for DesNet members

Guests: $10 each (Secure payment via
PayPal; a small convenience fee is

included. Or bring check to presentation

made payable to The Design Network.)

RSVP by January 16th

Meeting Activities

10:00 am -- Registration, networking, and refreshments

10:30 am -- Presentation: The Evolution of Foundation Planting

Potluck lunch to follow presentation; please bring a dish to share

Post-lunch roundtable discussion on Engaging the Next Generation


When we think of foundation plantings, one word usually comes to mind: Yuck. And yet, this style of landscape persists in cities around the country. Over the past 100 years, homeowners have changed the way they design their front yards, often with historical events, as often as home styles have changed. This talk will showcase the changes that have taken place in Ohio cities from the 1920s through modern times.

Please join us as we welcome back one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Laura Deeter. If you have not experienced Dr. Deeter, you will truly enjoy this presentation. Adjectives that come to mind when thinking of Dr. Deeter are enlightening, humorous, engaging, and stimulating. This presentation stems from the research she did while on sabbatical several years ago.

After lunch, we will enjoy a roundtable discussion with Dr. Deeter on Engaging the Next Generation. Please prepare questions and talking points for a stimulating and insightful experience!

Dr. Deeter received her doctorate in horticulture from The Ohio State University. She is a full professor and the Coordinator of Landscape Horticulture and Horticultural Science at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. She describes herself as a "flamingo collector, plant geek, animal lover, gaming guru, and basically all around goofy geek."

A cold January day is a great time to visit Kym Judson's toasty schoolhouse and greenhouse. This unique environment is part of the Mayfield City School District.

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