PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

This event is the RESCHEDULED program originally scheduled for February 7.

What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Public Program in Morgan County

Where: Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM

Topic: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

Presenter: James Dillon, Certified Horticulturist

Cost: free

PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 7th at 10:00 AM for this public 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.

Admission is free, no registration is needed and everyone is welcome to attend. 


Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

If traveling on Hwy 522, turn onto Williams Street (at the Train Station/H&R Block corner), then turn left off of Williams St. onto Harrison Avenue. The Board Office is located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Goff Street. 

There are a few parking spaces in the front of the building and a larger parking area around the back of the building (follow Goff St. to the back).

You will enter the building from the front. We will have an Audubon sign pointing you in the correct direction as well as 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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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

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Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

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

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

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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