Topic: "Beyond the Sword Fern: an Exploration of Hardy Ferns"
Rich with history and beautiful in texture, ferns are the perfect plant for Northwest shade gardens. Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden and co-author of “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns”, will share his extensive knowledge and experience with this ancient group of plants. Enjoy an array of lush and gorgeous photography showing the rare, choice and unusual as well as the best performing species and cultivars. Richie will give helpful design tips and planting combinations that will bring your shady areas alive.
For Sale: Richie will bring signed copies of his book "The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns" for sale. The book would sell for a $20.00. Sales would be either cash or check. He will also bring GPP handouts for the group.
Speaker Profile: Richie Steffen, Elizabeth Miller Garden
Few people have a passion for plants or an excitement about gardening more than Richie Steffen. Richie is the executive director for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, overseeing the development of the garden, its programs and the rare plant collections. Using over thirty years of experience in the horticultural field, with the last 19 years spent at the Miller Garden, he maintains the classic Northwest aesthetics while celebrating the tradition of Elisabeth Carey Miller by discovering, displaying, evaluating, and disseminating information about plants suitable for landscape use in the Pacific Northwest.
Richie supervises the primary educational program of the Miller Garden: Great Plant Picks. Great Plant Picks is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens and has become the go to website for the best information about plants for our region. He is active in the gardening community and is currently past president of the Northwest Horticultural Society, of which Mrs. Miller founded, and president of the Hardy Fern Foundation as well as a noted lecturer, writer and horticultural personality, Richie recently co-authored the “Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns”. Richie was also the recipient of the American Public Garden Association 2018 Professional Citation award for his achievements pubic gardening.