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Desertscaping: Past, Present and the Future

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Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

$15, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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The Pacific Horticulture Society and Modernism Week present a panel of experts on the history and practice of sustainable horticulture in the Coachella Valley and California desert regions. From pre-modern landscapes to the modernism-influenced contemporary gardens of Sunnylands, Palm Springs has long been a leader in arid climate landscape design. Climate appropriate desert gardening, or desertscaping, as it has become known, thrives within this rich local history, and because of the abundance of climate appropriate plants recently available from the nursery trade. While the sophisticated aesthetic of contemporary desertscaping has broad appeal, in the face of severe climate change impacts, desert adapted gardening techniques will become even more important for water retention during drought, habitat support for struggling migratory birds and other beneficial animals and carbon sequestration through smart planting and soil management. 

The panel will include: Pamela Berstler, Executive Director of the Pacific Horticulture Society and manager of G3, Green Gardens Group, an EPA WaterSense Partner and professional certifying organization;  Steven Keylon, landscape historian and the editor of Eden, the Journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society;  Paul Ortega, providing landscape design services in the Coachella Valley, with a focus on the use of desert appropriate plants and other landscape materials; and, Clayton Tschudy, a biologist and the owner of CJT Ecologics, a design firm specializing in habitat and restoration landscape design.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week

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Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Grace Miller House, Richard Neutra, architect, 1937. Julius Shulman photograph, courtesy Getty Research Institute., Alamy stock photo via Clayton Tschudy., Alamy stock photo via Clayton Tschudy.


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