Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program

Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

When: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Topic: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

Presenter: James Dillon

Cost: free

Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

Ideal gardens provide both visual beauty and environmental benefit. Resilient gardens are designed with a "layered" approach using plants that possess specific traits. Functional and aesthetic design elements like form, habit, leaf/flower texture, and root morphology will be discussed. Bringing these elements together all while keeping pollinators and birds in mind will make the most out of our gardening spaces.

Making the best plant selections for your landscape is the focus for James Dillon, a certified Horticulturist with over 13 years of experience working in the green industry. With a B.Sc. in Biology from East Carolina University, he views landscape design as the integration science, nature and art. An ecological approach and knowledge of many plant varieties result in plantings that thrive in their environment. James practiced horticulture in the northern DE area, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, with continuing education at Longwood Gardens. Previously, as manager and buyer of woody plants for a diversified garden center in Chambersburg, PA, James became familiar with a large palette of plant cultivars. Native plant selection, environmental benefits, and low maintenance gardens are emphasized in many designs. James has designed several rain gardens and continues taking coursework on ecological landscape design. James enjoys volunteering for The Monarch Alliance, designing Monarch waystations for them, including the Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown. He owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a small landscape/gardening company based out of his home, where he’s an avid gardener in Kearneysville, WV.

This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 


Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)


From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

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Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

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