Ken Druse

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100 Halsey Road Newton, New Jersey 07860

Ken Druse is a writer, radio host, and the award-winning author/photographer of 18 gardening books. He is a popular speaker known for his vivid presentations.

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Author/photographer, lecturer and radio host Ken Druse has contributed to nearly every garden and home design magazine in America. He is probably best known for his books, which the New York Times called “bibles for serious gardeners.” The American Horticultural Society chose his book, The Passion for Gardening, as best book of the year; and the Wall Street Journal recommended it as one of the “five garden books to own.” Ken’s most recent book, his 17th, is PLANTHROPOLGY: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites. Fans can also find Ken anytime on his podcast and public radio show Ken Druse Real Dirt, through their computers and iPods (kendruserealdirt.com).

In 2004, The Garden Club of America awarded Ken The Sarah Chapman Francis medal for lifetime achievement in literary achievement.



Natural Companions: Combinations of plants that thrivev together and bloom at the very same time.

Award-winning garden writer and photographer Ken Druse presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species. Unlike most advice on companion planting, which comes from England, this talk introduces heat- and cold-tolerant varieties that will thrive in many parts of the Country. Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance, butterflies, foliage texture, grasses, wetlands, ponds, edible flowers and much more.

Along with the garden photos, the talk features unique botanical images created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology. She arranged cuttings of plants and flowers (often grown specifically by Ken) on an oversized flatbed scanner. The results reveal the vivid characteristics of favorite plants with amazing color, depth and clarity. The audience will discover an inspirational guide -- in Ken’s witty style and with his stunning presentation techniques.

Secrets of the Garden – Revealed: Planthropology – the Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of Our Garden Favorites.

Ken Druse shares his uncommon expertise and passion for plants in a talk that will amaze, educate, and inspire. Ken knows that every plant has a story, and these tales can capture the imagination of everyone, and with hope tomorrow’s conservationists – kids. Ken shows how explorers once -- and still do -- race across the globe like Indiana Jones in search of rare specimens. He explains the dynamics of color and insects, fragrance and memory. He tells how plants in art once initiated a social movement, and then the movement called Art Nouveau. He reveals what the seeds of a sunflower have in common with the stars in the Milky Way!

Making More Plants – for free! The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation.

Propagation may seem daunting or advanced. But more of whatever plant we want, whenever we want it is a basic, thrilling, fun and often easy part of gardening itself. Whether you crave healthy, vigorous plants, wish to grow new ones to share with friends, or hope to produce scores of them to fill your own beds and borders, Ken’s talk, with gorgeous photographs, will help fulfill your most vivid garden dreams.


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Chris Martinez from Seattle, WA - 05/29/2013 19:01:18

Ken Druse is a very well known name in garden writing and horticulture. His vast knowledge, experience, and keen eye to detail compliments the kind soul he is.

As a speaker, he has a wonderful pacing and is very aware of his audience. He has a wonderful ability to know what an audience likes to see and delivers without being pretentious and overwhelming. A great example for young, up and coming speakers.

Highly recommended.

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Nora Sirbaugh from New Jersey - 05/30/2012 12:32:26

Spoke at the March Mercer County, NJ Gardening Symposium and wowed his audience. Stunning slides and engaging presentation. Books are glorious.

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Diana Fiske from Simsbury, CT - 03/26/2012 19:28:43

Ken totally captivated me and so many others at the CT Master Gardener Symposium on Saturday 3/24/12. He was funny and yet totally inspiring about his obvious love for horticulture. His NJ property is a gem. Difficult to see the damage the Fall 2011 storms ravaged on the plantings. Ellen's photos and scanned images were bold and beautiful. A lovely complement. Couldn't have enjoyed it more!!

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