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Brie's 2017 Offerings:

 
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Foodscape Revolution -

GENERAL                                   45 min

Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility.  Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to "think outside of the box," learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. Organic growing insights are shared to encourage professionals and homeowners to embrace sustainable practices.  *Book signings starting March 2017 

 

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ALTERNATIVE GROWING SYSTEMS

Brie explains the literal ins and outs of growing with new technologies, including Aeroponic, Aquaponic and Hydroponic systems.  She advises on how to integrate alternative systems into your landscapes and patios as well as converting indoor space to grow year round.  Learn everything you need to know to be a cutting edge growing no matter how much space you have! 

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ECOLOGY & SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

Managing your landscape in a sustainable manner is important for many reasons, including the health of you and your family, your pets and the living ecosystems that surround your home.  Soil science is at the heart of this discussion, as brie explains how microbial activity is the catalyst for healthy plants.  The best organic products are featured to arm attendees with sustainable land management ideas.  Learn about a wide range of pollinators and the plants you need to sustain their life cycles while creating a purposeful landscape that nourishes your mind, body and soul 

 

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GRAINS

In classic #CrazyGrainLady style Brie shares her journey of cultivating organic grains in her suburban foodscape.  From ancient wheat and oats to rice and sorghum, grains are beautiful and bountiful.  The color, textures and ease of growing make grains a logical addition to every landscape. From edible meadows to high impact modern design, Brie shares her enthusiasm for growing local, organic carbohydrates. 

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PERENNIALS

Foodscape design requires a well balanced mix of flowering and edibles plants.  Brie shares her favorite perennials for the seasonal foodscape.  Learn how to layer perennials in with your favorite vegetables to increase beauty and pollinator activity.  She shares management strategies to make your edible perennial border low maintenance and full of life. 

 

 

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TREES & SHRUBS

No garden is complete without a well designed selection of woody ornamental plants.  Brie shares insights from years of producing trees and shrubs for the landscape market.  Learn about her favorite varieties to ensure you have color, fragrance and fruit year round. 

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SCHOOLS

The most important thing we can do as stewards of the earth is teach the next generation to value the resources of the natural world.  Brie has taken the foodscape platform into schools across the US, working with administrators, teachers, parents and ground management staff to create sustainable, low maintenance food systems through-out campus properties.  She collaborates with teachers to extend garden curriculum and engages community resources to ensure long term funding.  Brie features initiatives to crowd source, grant opportunities and strategies to reach corporate sponsorship dollars. Empower students to learn practical skills by creating a garden classroom.  Healthy living starts in every school.  

 

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URBAN OASIS

Focusing on simple ways to enhance the urban landscape, Brie features creative container combinations and vertical growing systems such as Live Wall.  Discover new strategies for using alternative methods like Aeroponic, Aquaponic and Hydroponics to create a bountiful harvest that is easy to manage in the smallest of spaces.  The best edible and ornamental pairings are featured to inspire attendees to make the most of their urban oasis.  

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YARD TO TABLE COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Brie shares her favorite recipes and time saving tips for preparing the fresh produce grown in the foodscape.  From drying herbs for custom seasoning blends to canning peppers, Brie explains how to make the most of the food you grow. Enjoy a tomato tasting while learning how to make heirloom Bloody Mary’s and garden fresh sauce and salsa.  

 

Fragrance in the Air - 

45 min

Join Brie for a photographic tale of the most tantalizing fragrances found in the garden.  Organized by season, learn about the best woody ornamentals to create a scented landscape to be enjoyed year round.   From early winter flowering apricots and witch hazels to the classic scent of summer gardenias, theses plants attract pollinators, beneficial insects and gardeners alike.

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Heirloom Tomatoes - 

45 min

Heirloom tomatoes are the ultimate taste of summer!  Brie shares expert tips for a successful, organic growing season.  Variety selection, cultural information and alternative growing systems such as aeroponics, hydroponics and aquaponics are discussed.  Learn time saving strategies for how to harvest, process and preserve with ease and watch as Brie demonstrate how to make her favorite Heirloom Bloody Mary.  Get insider tips and Brie’s top ten favorite Heirloom Varieties so you can enjoy the ultimate taste of summer!  *plants available for sale April-May

 

Marketing to Generation Me - 

45 min

‘Marketing to Generation Me’ will inspire green industry professionals to take the lifestyle of gardening to the next level.  Learn from Brie as she discusses opportunities for garden centers, growers and landscapers to reinvent themselves for the modern consumer.  She explains strategies to connect with and retain millennial-aged customers who have diverse motivations and values through her ‘ACHIEVER’ initiative. From foodscape design techniques to modifying the product line that support a gardeners lifestyle, Brie has a fresh take to enhance your relationship with a new generation through the lifestyle of gardening.  

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Sizziling Succulents

45 min

Colorful and creative succulents are taking the world by storm.  Brie shares growing and propagation advice about her favorite tender and hardy succulents.  She discusses creative combinations for year round interest and new introductions for cold hardy zones.  Low maintenance, drought tolerant and eye catching, Sizzling Succulents will encourage everyone to indulge in this sustainable trend!  

 

The Heritage Collection - 

45 min

Join Brie as she presents a photographic tale of one of the most cherished southern heritage plants, the camellia.  Discover the historic “lure of caffeine” and how global trading routes, politics and war spread camellias from Asia to Europe and the new America.  Brie has gathered cuttings from many 100+ year old specimens from the ancient collection of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC.   Learn the history, the stories and the people behind iconic varieties.  *plants available for sale

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Woody Winter Wonderland - 

45 min

A photographic tale of Brie's favorite winter indulgences focusing on excellent woody specimens for winter interest.  The presentation features trees and shrubs with winter interest branches, berries, foliage and flowers, including 20 varieties of Prunus mume (flowering apricot) and 10 varieties of Hamamelis (witch hazel).  The second half highlights Brie's favorite winter blooming camellias. *plants available for sale