C. Colston (Cole) Burrell will be a featured speaker at the 28th Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar hosted by the Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG).The seminar will be held at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone. The theme will be “Landscape, Viewscape, Escape!”

Cole Burrell, a native Virginian, has been a self-described chlorophyll addict and birding enthusiast since childhood. He is a garden designer, lecturer, photographer, and naturalist. He has spent a lifetime studying native plants in the wild and in gardens. He uses this knowledge to blend nature and culture through artistic design. Burrell’s topic will be “Finishing Touches: The Power of Details in Garden Design.”

Almost all gardens have well defined spaces and good plantings; however, great gardens stand out because of details. From paving patterns to stonework, fencing, containers and sculpture, the details in both functional and artistic elements make a garden personal and magical. Burrell’s presentation celebrates spaces of various sizes that combine form, color, and texture in hard scrapes and plants to fashion memorable places.

NNMG Vice President Lynn Osborne said, “With his knowledge of both plants and landscape design, I know that Cole will teach us a great deal about the steps we rarely get to in the making of our own gardens – the finishing touches.”

Burrell has degrees in botany, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Burrell is a lecturer with the UVA School of Architecture’s Master of Landscape Architecture program.

In 2008, Burrell received an Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices. More recently, Burrell has embarked on a new venture, Garden and Nature Tours with C. Colston Burrell.

Two of Burrell’s books won awards from the American Horticultural Society, “A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers” in 1997 and “Hellebores,” co-written with Judith Knott in 2007. “Perennial Combinations,” revised in 2008, is a best-selling title on Amazon.

The seminar fee is $50. Registration forms are available at nnmg.org/gnn.

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