Xeriscape: Low water, low maintenance landscaping!
Sara Williams will cover the principals of xeriscape (design ideas that conserve water, soil improvement, efficient irrigation, reducing conventional lawn areas, and mulching) and the best of the hundreds of hardy and drought tolerant plants for prairie gardens.
Retired as the horticultural specialist of the University of Saskatchewan, Sara Williams is author and co-author of many gardening books: In A Cold Land; the newly revised Creating the Prairie Xeriscape; Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies; Best Groundcovers and Vines for the Prairies; Gardening, Naturally: A Chemical-free handbook for the Prairies and The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo: A Photographic History. She has written hundreds of articles.
She was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2013 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Sara holds a B.A from the University of Michigan in English and History as well as a B.Sc.(with great distinction) and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan in Horticulture.
Sara developed her first garden in the 1960s in the school courtyard in Tanzania in East Africa where she was a volunteer teacher. She gardens on 5 acres of sand near Saskatoon.