monarch butterfly on white flowers; tomatoes on the vine; pink peonies


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fourth Corner Foundation

578 Hitchcock Hill Rd, Windham, VT 05359 | More about the Fourth Corner Foundation

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Registration (Opens August 7):  Early Bird (by October 1): Extension Master Gardeners $35; General Public $50; After October 1: Extension Master Gardeners $45; General Public $60. Includes lunch and vendor exhibits.

Online Registration Closes: October 12

Cancellations: $25 processing fee; no refunds after October 1

If you register for the Master Gardener Course that starts in January 2019, a $25 credit will be applied to your course fee!

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Beret Halverson at 802-656-1777 by September 21, 2018 so we may assist you.

Conference Program

Schedule subject to change

8:00 am

Registration & Vendor Booths Open

9:00 – 10:00 am

Session 1

Kate Kerin, Wabi Sabi & Sustainable Landscaping

Landscape curator for Innisfree Garden and principal and owner of Akadia Design, kicks us off for the day sharing her expertise on how the sublime composition of rock, water, and wood was achieved with remarkable economy and grace at Innisfree.

10:00 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:30 am


Margaret Roach, Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 20 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. In this session you'll learn:

  • the basic principles of garden design for year round gardens
  • how to shop for plants for year round interest (with profiles of many garden-worthy favorites)
  • what makes the year round garden so appealing to nearly 70 species of birds and other welcome wildlife
  • how to go beyond “outdoor decorating” aimed at pure visual effect, and really engage with the garden through all your senses and emotions
11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Tour Fourth Corner Foundation Gardens

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 3

Jan Johnsen, Spirit of Stone

Stone is often an overlooked player in a landscape. While we may swoon over the many shapes and colors of plants within a garden, the stone walks and walls stand silently by, perhaps unnoticed. Explore the beauty and enchantment that natural stone adds to an outdoor setting. Celebrate the versatility of solid, durable rock and discover the many ways stones and stonework can be featured in the landscape.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Session 4

Mike Ather, Gardening Under Lights

Plant some herb starts Mike is bringing to grow under lights!

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 5

Amy Ivy, Extending the Season with Covers and Tunnels

Season extension is more than just protecting crops from the cold. Plants also benefit from wind, hail and heavy rain protection and some covers can help keep out insect pests, too. This session will review a variety of options for all scales of gardens and all types of budgets from economy to deluxe with an emphasis on simple practices for home and community gardens.



Kate Kerin

Kate Kerin is a landscape curator for Innisfree Garden and principal and owner of Arkadia Design. Kate starts off the day by sharing her expertise on how the sublime composition of rock, water, and wood was achieved with remarkable economy and grace at Innisfree.

Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach

After 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, Margaret Roach now writes the nationally acclaimed blog A Way to Garden and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” about walking away from “success” for a quieter life lived closer to nature.

Her newest book, “The Backyard Parables” (published January 2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice. “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert said of it: “As a passionate, hopeful and often self-delusional gardener (the only kind of gardener there is!). I loved this gorgeous book. Margaret Roach writes with intelligence, compassion, and most of all—sanity. Her work is a blessing.”

Jan Johnsen

Jan Johnsen

Jan Johnsen is a professional landscape designer and a principal of the established design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, in Westchester County, NY. She is also an award-winning instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and a contributing editor for Garden Design Magazine. For the last several years, Jan has written the popular garden blog Serenity in the Garden and  Serenity in the Garden Facebook page.

Jan was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and has worked in landscape architecture offices in Japan, East Africa, Hawaii, Vermont, New Orleans and New York.

Ever since she worked in Japan as a college student, she has been an advocate of the transformative power of Nature upon our well-being. Her initial experiences of walking through ancient Japanese gardens made her aware of the power that serene outdoor spaces have to calm and refresh us. Jan went on to study landscape architecture at the University of Hawaii and was further influenced there. Her travels took her back home to New York State, where she worked under a Versailles-trained French gardener at Mohonk Mountain House, learning the secrets of French horticulture and its rigorous, all-natural standards.

A speaker for botanical garden and garden show audiences, Jan loves to share her insights in the beneficial effects of informed garden design with others. Her unique approach, incorporating ancient practices with contemporary ideas makes for fascinating presentations. She combines the “why” with the “how-to” in an engaging and popular manner.

Mike Ather

Mike Ather

A seventh generation Vermonter, 1976 graduate of the UVM Environmental Studies Program, and long time, past employee of Gardener’s Supply Company, Mike now owns, a venture dedicated to restoring the natural world in your own backyard.  A Master Gardener, Master Composter, and instructor for the UVM Master Composter Program, Mike has written for Organic Gardening magazine, New Pioneer Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun, been featured in articles in Burlington Free Press, Rutland Herald, Barre Times Argus, and various community and business newsletters.

Amy Ivy

Amy Ivy

Amy Ivy is a regional vegetable specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. For the first half of her 31 years at Extension she coordinated the Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Essex and Clinton Counties but for the past 10 years her focus has turned to vegetable and berry production. High tunnels are a keen interest of hers as a way for growers of any size to grow more in less space with fewer problems. She has been conducting research on this approach for several years at Cornell’s research farm in Willsboro.

Conference Committee

Helen Prussian & Paula Laplant, Windsor County
Marie Alfieri, Windham County
Sandy Kuehn, Rutland County
Dottie Sundquist, Bennington County


Saturday, October 13, 2018


Fourth Corner Foundation
578 Hitchcock Hill Rd, Windham, VT 05359
More about the Fourth Corner Foundation