New Fall Flower Gardening Event in the Berkshires

The Enormous Interest in Homeowner Landscaping

yellow_house_garden-mackinacEighty-four million households in the U.S. work on their lawns and gardens (EPA). For most Americans, a home is more than a shelter. It is also their most valuable asset and an important savings vehicle. Landscaping is one of the top three investments that bring the biggest return in home value (

No More Failed Experiments Decorating Homeowner’s Landscapes

While homeowners need to simplify their landscaping due to time pressures, changing lifestyles and aging, no one, however, has the time, money, energy or interest to conduct failed experiments decorating their landscapes.

A team of nationally recognized experts has come together especially to provide the antidote to
trial and error in the flower garden landscape.


Three nationally renowned speakers and authors: Karen Bussolini, Jan Johnsen and Kerry Ann Mendez


Organic/Ecological gardening and landscaping design techniques and plants to create high impact with low maintenance.

When and Where?

Red_Lion_Inn_PorchThursday, October 20, 2016 at the historic Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA. The program kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 12:30 p.m. An optional luncheon (by separate registration) follows including a question and answer panel with the speakers. The registration fee for the morning program, which includes three lectures, book signings, handouts, mid-morning refreshments, a Proven Winners plant and door prizes is $56 per person (limited to 100 people). The luncheon with speakers is $32 per person (limited to 40 people). To learn more about the speakers, lectures, agenda, luncheon and to register visit Kerry Ann Mendez’ website (Perennially Yours)  and scroll down to October 20th. Special Discounted Room Accommodations at renowned The Red Lion Inn. $124 per night (single or double) Call the Inn at 413-298-1690 and refer to the Great Gardens Program

Program Details

Karen_BussoliniKaren Bussolini: “Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement”
showcases dozens of exciting plant combinations photographed in gardens across the country. Plants with special character and plants that move – or appear to – enliven the mix.
Karen is a professional garden photographer, writer and speaker on ecological gardening. She has photographed six books including The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard (Timber) and The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook

jan_JohnsenJan Johnsen: “Late Summer and Fall – The Seasons of Garden Delight” highlights plants that are in their glory from August to October. Discover how to extend the garden year by adding some of these colorful shrubs, trees and groundcovers to your home landscape.
Jan is a professional landscape designer and a principal of a design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, in Westchester County, NY. Jan’s landscapes have been featured in many publications including This Old House, Landscape Architecture and NY Cottages & Gardens. Her latest book, Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection, is a top seller.

Kerry Ann MendezKerry Ann Mendez: “Ten Valuable Tips for Thriving, Sustainable Flower Gardens” features practical design tips, maintenance and plant care practices, and plant selections that yield high-impact, low-maintenance landscapes. Kerry Ann is a garden lecturer, author, designer and consultant focusing on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plant material and organic practices. Kerry Ann has been featured in national magazines including Horticulture, Fine
Gardening, and Better Homes & Gardens. In 2014 she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her most recent book,The Right-Size Flower Garden is a best seller.

About the Organizer

Kerry Ann Mendez is an award winning (Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, October 2014), published author (St. Lynn’s Press), speaker in high demand, and designer of national prominence. In 2015 she had scheduled over 115 presentations in 17 states. and spoke to over 10,000 gardeners Some of the prestigious sites of her presentations include the U. S. Botanic Gardens, the U. S. National Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Longwood Gardens, Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Newport Flower Show, the Boston Flower Show, and numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies, and Master Gardener symposiums. Kerry Ann is the founder, organizer and keynote speaker for the Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, currently in its 13th year, scheduled for April 22, 2016 at The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT. Last year the event was attended by 225 gardeners from the Northeast and was a sell-out 2.5 months ahead of schedule. For 2017 registrations are being received already, 9 months ahead of schedule.

How to Register for the Conference

• With PayPal: click here  and scroll down to October 20th
• Pay by check: click here to obtain event registration form; complete and mail in with your check.

Special Discounted Room Rates at renowned The Red Lion Inn. $124 per night (single or double) Call the Inn at 413-298-1690 and refer to the Great Gardens Program


• Email Kerry Ann Mendez at, event organizer and speaker.
• Or call Kerry Ann Mendez: 207-205-3359