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June 18, 2010 > Grow a garden sanctuary

Grow a garden sanctuary

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Michael Thilgen

For the true nature-lover, there is no landscape so lonely as not to be full of inspiration to the imagination. As William Wordsworth said, "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." For many gardeners, gardening is a meditation that brings peace and deep relaxation.

Milpitas Library and the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will present a program on garden design using native plants on Thursday evening, July 1 at the Milpitas Library. Landscape Architect Michael Thilgen will showcase landscape-designs to grow a glorious garden. Thilgen is co-founder of Four Dimensions Landscape in Oakland, an award-winning landscape-design firm.

"I had the good fortune to grow up next to a creek in an oak woodland in the East Bay hills. My parents introduced me to the joys of nature. Early in life, I found contact with the natural world to be a calming and restorative experience," said Thilgen.

He shares his passion for "Restoring the Earth, One Garden at a Time" along with design guidelines and some maintenance tips.

"Our company emphasizes sustainable practices. We attempt to improve the health of our environment by reducing waste, protecting air and water quality, conserving water and energy and protecting and restoring native habitat," he said. "Our clients have restorative experiences in their own gardens similar to those they might have in a natural place."

The talk is organized by the California Native Plant Society, a 45-year-old non-profit environmental organization with a mission to conserve and promote California's exceptional botanical heritage.

There will also be a presentation at Fremont Main Library on Wednesday, July 14 on Best Kept Secrets: Native Plants for the Garden, by landscape designer Pete Veilleux.

"Our talks are always free and open to the public. Parents may bring children, although the talk will be of most interest to adults," said California Native Plant Society Board Member Arvind Kumar. The lecture will be held in the library's multipurpose room and is made possible by the Friends of the Milpitas Library. For more information, call Milpitas Public Library on (408) 262-1171 ext. 3616.

Successful Garden Design with Native Plants
Thursday, July 1
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A talk by Michael Thilgen
Milpitas Public Library
Multipurpose Room
160 N. Main St., Milpitas
(408) 262-1171 ext. 3616
Free admission

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