Classes & Events
One of the greater Boston area’s most popular and engaging speakers, Christie Dustman is available for lectures and speaking opportunities. As a lifelong gardener and an in-demand garden designer known for her artistic vision, Christie engages her audiences with her passion for aesthetic and functional design and her love of plants. In talks as varied as the elements of landscape design, aesthetic pruning, and the joys of conifers, the unifying message is that successful gardens are the result of detailed planning, thoughtful problem solving, and finally, a beautiful selection of curated plants.
Says Christie: “My goal when teaching or speaking to groups is to make the information accessible, visually impactful, practical, and memorable. Rather than show a lot of pretty photos, I use photos to illustrate my thought process behind why I do what I do- always with a dash of humor. I try to give an experiential and engaging lecture rather than a travelogue. I love plants; I love satisfying design; I love the feeling of ‘ahhh – this is just right’ in a garden. I share my design ideas and plant passion, strategies, and successes and failures to engage my listeners and give a richer educational experience to my audience.”
Christie’s lectures and multi-session classes are appropriate for garden clubs, master gardener and horticulture programs, library gatherings, nurseries, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Always willing to customize a lecture or class, Christie can also lead hands-on outdoor classes on pruning.
“The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.” – Phyllis McGinley