The Richmond Register

April 17, 2013

Ezra Haggard to teach gardening class Saturday

9 a.m. until noon at Richmond Area Arts Center

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Landscaper and published author Ezra Haggard will teach a class, “Proven Plants for Kentucky,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. Tuition is $15.

Haggard will also have some of his books and birdhouses for sale.

The class will focus on both native and non-native plants Haggard has used during his 33 years of designing and building gardens.

He will talk about perennials, shrubs and trees which have proven to grow well and thrive in Kentucky. Over the span of his career he has never been able to speak without mentioning his favorite perennials, shrubs, or trees that he feels are woven together like treasured friends to help him create beautiful gardens.  

“I don’t think there is a greater advantage regarding  native or non-native as long as the chosen plant doesn’t displace native plants, or introduce a destructive insect or disease,” Haggard said. “I have always been focused on plants that work best in Kentucky gardens, using the world as my palette.”

To thrive in Kentucky’s climate plants have to endure both low temperatures and the heat for our summers. The main criteria for his proven plant list are;  hardiness, vigorousness, and  longevity.  

Haggard was driven by his passion to become one of  Kentucky’s well known garden designers, author, and photographer from the beginning of his career in 1980.

He is the photographer of three books, and the author of two, “Perennials,” and “Trees, Shrubs and Roses.” All of his books were written with Kentucky at the heart of his landscape practice.

He has made appearances, and designed gardens all over the Midwest. His books can be found in the Chicago Botanic Garden book store, and as far west as the Missouri Botanical Garden. He continues to develop his own garden along with his passion for ceramic art. You can find his birdhouses in Lexington stores, and during the Birdhouse Exhibit at the Kentucky Arboretum in Lexington.

To register for class or for more details, contact the Richmond Area Arts Council at 624-4242 or email: