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Designing a Shady Retreat, Presented by Joan Butler & Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: this program has been moved online. Please register for the Zoom information here

In this richly illustrated lecture, Butler and Milbocker explore a variety of intriguing gardens that should inspire us to create our own shady retreats! They will show us design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners, highlight unusual plants that thrive in low-light conditions, and illustrate the creative use of art objects, seating, and water features.


Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018 (which you can reserve online); and her second book, The Garden Tourist’s New England, in 2019. She has a passion for landscape design and horticulture, and has been gardening on her 2-acre property in Holliston’s historic district for over 25 years. Her professional experience includes twenty-five years as an art director and designer. Jana holds a BFA from Syracuse University, an MBA from Boston College, and coursework in horticulture and landscape design.

Joan Butler, lecturer, has been an enthusiastic gardener for over 30 years. Her gardens have been included on several garden tours. Joan holds a BS in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is also a member of the Garden Consultants Council.

This event is co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and the Driftwood Garden Club.


January 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Library Director


Meeting Room
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, 01945
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