Kelly Norris to Speak at Durham Garden Forum September 20 Lecture

Want to learn more about an ecologically sound vision for the next generation of home gardens?  If so, join the Durham Garden Forum (DGF) online on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 pm to hear Kelly Norris, acclaimed horticulturist and author, speak at the fall 2022 kick-off of the DGF 2022-2023 lecture series.

Norris is the author of New Naturalism:  Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden.  He will discuss converting turf to vibrant garden settings to increase biodiversity.  He will use his personal half-acre garden as an example.  It contains more than 120 plant species and a growing list of birds and insects.

Norris is an award-winning plantsman, and in addition to authoring several books, his work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and in radio, television, and digital media. He is the former director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and was a 2015 Chanticleer Foundation fellow. Norris’s gorgeous aesthetics “mimic the wild spaces we covet,” and his natural planting style “supports positive environmental change and leads to a more resilient space.”1

The Durham Garden Forum is an informal group that meets once a month to enrich gardening knowledge and skill.  Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm.  Meetings will be via Zoom through the end of 2022.  Members have access to a video library of presentations, and they also receive discounts at Durham Garden Center and For Garden’s Sake

Durham Garden Forum (DGF) memberships cost $25 per year.  You can access the membership form here (scroll down).  If you are a DGF member, you will receive invitations to register for each month’s meeting. 

Times and topics for upcoming 2022 DGF lectures are:

  • October 18, 2022; 7:00 pm – Leave the Leaves
  • November 15, 2022; 7:00 pm – Direct Seeding Spring and Summer Flowers
  • December 13, 2022; 7:00 pm – Proper Selection and Use of Growing Media

You can choose to attend individual lectures for $10 each.

Questions?  Contact durhamgardenforum@durhammastergardeners


1–New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden. Cool Springs Press.