Amy’s shade gardening program, “Shade Revealed: How to Have Success in Low Light (Really!)” is a comprehensive look at the best performing perennial plants for shade at northern latitudes. This presentation was the basis for Amy’s 2014 book The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening. An expanded second edition from Cornell University Press is available to readers as of May 2022. The Guide is a regional book about ornamental shade gardening that offers a simple, proven method for bringing sunlight-deprived areas of your property to life. Amy shares a unique approach to garden design that’s meant to ensure a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure by basing choices on the relative performance potential of different plants. The second edition includes an expanded illustrated plant gallery with over forty new photos, an updated taxonomic classification of the plants, and an entirely new chapter placing shade gardening in the broader context of forest ecology. With your help, The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will continue to be the definitive resource for all sun-challenged regional gardeners!
Amy’s shows are PowerPoint presentations run from a laptop computer she provides. All shows are richly illustrated with dozens of color images. She requests that host facilities provide a digital projector, screen, lectern, and (ideally but optionally) hands-free voice amplification for large rooms. Fees for in-person talks begin at $400 and are based on the time commitment involved, including travel. Lower fees may be negotiated for small, local groups with limited budgets; inquire for details. Zoom presentations are $275.