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Announcing a Virtual New Lecture!

Houseplants by Design: A Virtual Lecture
By Tovah Martin

     You want houseplants, you need houseplants – but do you really utilize houseplants to their fullest potential? In this virtual lecture filled with photos and inspiration from my own massive collection of houseplants, we explore some of the easiest, most rewarding houseplants appropriate for all types of home situations and varying window exposures. We talk about what to grow where and how to host houseplants. But we also add another layer. Beyond your usual practical presentation, here’s ideas for profiling your plants beautifully and artistically. Your houseplant could be so much more than just the green blob in the corner. We talk about design principles and how they relate to houseplants. We discuss ways to pair houseplants and profile them meaningfully to work with your décor. We present containers that really make your houseplants shine with personality. And of course, we tell you exactly how to host and care for houseplants so they work for you. Your habitat needs houseplants—why not do it with panache?

Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing
A Zoom Webinar by Tovah Martin

     No matter if you’re gardening in a close-knit neighborhood or a sprawling estate, you want to garden efficiently, prolifically, sustainably, and beautifully. You need to garden smartly and you’ve got to conserve your resources. This lecture focuses on all the points on your checklist. When you layer a garden, not only do you maximize space, but you can also create hardworking habitats. You can fulfill a balance between what you need and what nature needs. Using my own garden that I call Furthermore as an example, I describe how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall. This lecture shares how that shakes down to serve our needs as well as the needs of pollinators and other creatures. You can expect to hear many innovative ideas beyond the usual solutions.

Personal Houseplant Trainer
Coaching via Zoom

     Who does Martha Stewart Living call to vet houseplant stories? Me. Who does The New York Times, Real Simple, and Redbook call when they need answers to readers’ houseplant quandaries. Moi. Now, I’m here for you too. Thanks to the magic of Zoom, I am available for indoor gardening consultations. For a modest hourly fee, I will troubleshoot your houseplant issues, serve as a houseplant doctor, diagnose issues, suggest new houseplants (and show you examples from my extensive collection), send you follow-up lists of recommended plants, plus be your coach and cheerleader for an hour. We’ll talk about containers, we’ll discuss merging plants into your décor. It’s like hiring a personal shopper for plants. It’s like spending an hour with the houseplant whisperer. Your home deserves this and so do you. The perfect holiday, birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day gift! Contact me at for details.

Houseplants Unplugged
A live outdoor presentation by Tovah Martin

      Where would we be without houseplants? Now more than ever, we’re discovering the critical role that plants and nature play in our lives especially when we’re confined indoors. Houseplants are my specialty—and the intimacy has grown stronger over many decades. With dozens of glorious mature and robust houseplants, I’m hitting the road to bring my houseplants to your garden club, library, or whatever. In answer to COVID restrictions, I’ve come up with a live outdoor presentation where the audience can safely social distance.

      In this presentation, I bring big, beautiful houseplants and link with the audience to recommend plants that work in their home spaces. We discuss design and emphasize style, containers, combinations, décor, plus nuts & bolts. You can do this with panache! I take the opportunity to engage with attendees and recommend plants for their individual lifestyles/conditions/ and personality. This is such a timely topic! Contact me about using this opportunity to learn safely outdoors.

Your Flower Child Update:
How You Can Be More in Bloom

      Everyone talks about bulking up the blossoms in gardens to benefit pollinators: Here’s how you can make it happen. Join lecturer Tovah Martin as she suggests how to weave pollinator-pleasing flowers into found spaces on your property. We talk about flowers that work particularly well for discretely knitting a garden together—including herbs that please on so many levels. And we liberate herbs from the strict confines of formal beds to let them romp around. But that’s just the beginning: This PowerPoint lecture shows how you can discover under-utilized spaces everywhere including vegetable gardens, roadside strips, converted lawns, and meadows to increase Flower Power. On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, this message seems particularly important.

Boot Camp for your Senses
A lecture by Tovah Martin

     Your garden could be so fulfilling, if you plug in. Created to coincide with the publication of Tovah’s new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season, this lecture explores the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched. Tailored to the current season to make each presentation dynamic, this lecture will lead your group through an odyssey of exploration to awaken the senses and arouse your abilities of perception on all levels. Sharing advice and ideas to deeply enhance the gardening experience while also incorporating a “Smellathon” to help get nostrils in gear, this lecture is beautiful and fun as well as highly practical. Want to broaden your horizons? After his presentation, your garden will be more savory, you will know its touch, smell its aromas, hear its voice, and see it anew.

Gardening as if the World Depends on Us
A lecture by Tovah Martin

     Worried about the world? Take action! Actually, just by being a gardener, you are already making a big difference. Want to do more? Gardens offer so many opportunities to link with nature and rescue the world. What can you do to help? Everything! This lecture is filled with ideas from gardeners who rallied their acreage in backyards large and small to make a difference. From 21st Century versions of Victory Gardens to pollinator plants, native shrubs, and bird forage with scenic excursions into cover-the-earth density plantings, lawn alternatives, herbs, and drought-tolerant suggestions, we talk about how you can ally with nature to make the world a better place for all creatures. The results are ravishing—these gardens bristle with beauty and overflow with pride. With a trowel in hand, you can save the earth.

The Indestructible Houseplant

      Deep down inside you’ve always yearned to grow houseplants, right? Who doesn’t want to bask in the calming beauty of something green cohabitating in your home? If only you had a green thumb…

     In this illustrated lecture, Tovah Martin urges you to give peace lilies a chance. With the new generation of unkillable houseplants, cohabitating with plants doesn't have to be high maintenance. Select one of these readily available ironclad plants, and your home is going to be a walk in the park without any stress, mess, or bother. Even if you have less-than-ideal conditions, this lecture provides recommendations for dozens of tough cookies that can survive and thrive despite challenging situations. And there is nothing ho-hum about these houseplants. You will see trendy new versions of beloved workhorses such as sansevierias, nerve plants, Chinese evergreens, begonias, spider plants, ferns, and all your favorites. Plus, creative ideas for fun, funky containers to put pizzazz into your windowsill will be presented. We'll talk about matching the right plant with your situation and personality; we'll discuss potting, watering, fertilizer, maintenance, and all your indoor issues. And we'll tackle mixing and matching indestructibles with a demonstration on how to make it happen. Never kill another houseplant!

Houseplant Coaching

      Attention garden centers and flower shops! Do your employees or customers need a little coaching in the houseplant department? I’m here for you! Whether you need a quick rundown on the specifics of houseplant care for your staff or a day-long intensive for staff or customers, classes can be geared to your stock. We’ll cover everything from easiest houseplants for beginners to trouble shooting. We’ll do therapy sessions, tackle issues with answers, and practice repotting. I can lead shopping sprees for a Girls/Guys Night Out. We can even create a combo dish container together. This is a hands-on class, no PowerPoint projection ability is necessary to make it happen. With nearly 50 years of experience, when it comes to houseplants—I wrote the books.

The Unexpected Houseplant

      Get ready for the Houseplant Revolution. What the world needs now is more green close by – and houseplants are the answer. These aren’t your grandmother’s dowdy, dusty versions. These are houseplants with panache. These are plants that you didn’t necessarily associate with windowsills. Have you ever thought of growing a perennial as a housemate, for example? Heucheras and primroses are just a couple of the unexpected houseplants recommended in this lecture. And we talk all about how to bust houseplants out of their plastic past and into a swank future. What? You’ve tried and failed with houseplants? Here’s how to make your windowsill into a success story without quitting your day job. You and kangaroo paws are going to live happily ever after.

Infusing the Garden with Personality

Infusing the Garden with Personality      You are what you eat, you dress for success, why not harness your garden as an expression of the inner you? In this interactive lecture, we explore how a garden can reflect your personality. We discuss infusing your personal space with personality, panache, and punch while searching for your deeper individualist. No matter if you’re accessorizing a grand estate or tucking a few treasured objects into a windowsill terrarium, there’s always opportunity to follow your own drummer. Using examples from some of the finest gardens in the country and quoting from many of the most astute gardeners in the world, we demonstrate how to have fun and optimize your landscape in this digital slide lecture. The lecture finale is a terrarium planting demonstration.

Terrariums & You

     When you need nature close by, houseplants are the answer. And if you’ve always yearned to host houseplants, but failed – this lecture will come to the rescue. The answer is crystal clear: Glass can serve as a solution to bond botany and you. With the aid of a terrarium, you can host nature almost anywhere – in your parched apartment or your dim office cubicle. In addition, terrariums can be the ideal venue to bring nature into children’s lives. These “small worlds” introduce beauty, botany, whimsy, sophistication, and sparkle into any decor, but these projects are also surprisingly inexpensive. Not only will we share all sorts of recycling ideas for enlisting everything from vases to cake stands, fishbowls, lemonade pitchers, cookie jars, etc for growing plants and showcasing nature, but recommendations for plant selection, care, and maintenance will be shared. This lecture demonstrates precisely how to work with glass enclosures of all types to incorporate green into your life, no matter how busy your schedule might be.

Terrarium Workshops

     The gardening world’s most rewarding make-and-take, everyone succeeds at a terrarium workshop. Appropriate for groups ranging from 2nd graders to seniors, this workshop leads you through the making of a terrarium step-by-step. In this 1 ½ to 2 hour class, every attendee is able to create a small world encased in glass by the end of the session. All kinds of budgets can fit into this configuration and, if desired, materials can be supplied to make it happen within the New England region and its close neighbors. Farther afield, detailed lists of materials can be furnished to help you prepare the ingredients for the workshop. The venue begins with an explanation of terrariums and how they work to minimize maintenance and make indoor gardening sparkle. From there, we move into a step-by-step demonstration. And then everyone crafts their own little glass-encased masterpiece. Every attendee has a fantastic, creative, enabling, rewarding time! With decades of experience in growing terrariums of all descriptions, I’m the expert in this craft and share exactly how to correctly construct terrariums that live happily ever after.

Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship

Trowels & Tomorrow: Garden Stewardship     The beauty of gardens is that they mature. This is a lecture about horticultural preservation, stewardship, and how gardeners grapple with change. We address the challenges of bringing landscapes into the next generation. Whether you have inherited a landscape or created a garden over decades and now face mature trees and shrubs that require preemptive pruning or relocation, we explore issues and answers. We look at woodland gardens and grand estates, we explore gardens great and small. We tackle such sticky wickets as rehabilitating overgrown boxwood hedges and coping with plants that were once considered exotics but have now been unmasked as invasives. This is a lecture about bringing yesterday’s gardens into tomorrow. But we also talk about plant preservation and heirloom varieties, honoring the people who have worked to preserve vintage ornamentals so those plants with a past can become the superstars of future gardens.

  Tovah Martine horticultur author writer photo lecturer