Monday’s not my usual day to post, but I need your help.
I’m to present at a large garden symposium next week. You know the usual syposium format: there’s a design talk, one on plant care, another on edibles in the landscape, and finally the plant-lust generating presentation (The Plant Talk). That’s my role in this particular symposium. My topic is very broad – new and underused annuals, perennials, and woodies. Actually, it’s too broad, and it’s giving me fits.
Now, I’ve both given and sat through countless Plant Talks as I’m sure you have (and many of you have probably delivered said presentations). I will say I know to limit my list, as hard as that is (only one hour to present). Giant
lists can become mind-numbing, especially when little info is given
other than "Wow, look at this variegated foliage! Love it!"
My issue is how to best arrange this disparate group of plants so that it makes the most sense to my audience. Currently, they’re grouped by plant type (perennial, annual, woody, ornamental grasses etc.) and alphabetically within. But I’m having second thoughts.
How you can help: think back to the most useful and efficient presentations you’ve heard…how were they organized? As I have them (by type)? Season of interest (spring blooming, fall color, etc.)? Sun or shade? Alphabetically? Other? Eh?
Please weigh in!