Layered garden topic for the Garden Club

The Marshalltown Garden Club will meet at GrimesFarm and Conservation Center, 2349 233rd St., Marshalltown, for its April 3 meeting. The day starts with a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m.

This month’s program is presented by Horticulturist Leslie Hunter from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 1909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, entitled, “Principles of the Layered Garden.”

There are many elements to designing a garden such as timing, structure, bloom, scent, light moisture, wind and the list goes on. So how do you put that together to create a garden that is continually “on”? Hunter will explore the many ways to place layers into your garden beds that give it depth, drama and longevity.

Hunter is Iowa born, southern raised. She received a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Berry College in Rome, Ga. and a Bachelor of Science Nursing from Mercy College of Health Sciences. Hunter worked at Callaway Gardens. Chicago Botanic Gardens, The Dallas Arboretum and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens before coming to the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. Currently she is the horticulturist in charge of Koehn Perennial Garden and Rose Garden at GDMBG.

The public is invited to attend this meeting.