Following Inspiration: France, Longwood, Miami – in Coconut Grove

Horticulturist Debra DeMarco discusses her recent trip to France to see masterpiece gardens on Nov. 15 @ the Kampong

Coconut Grove, FL – On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Debra DeMarco will share her amazing adventure exploring masterpiece gardens in France, some private and not open to the public. These stunning French chateaus and gardens served as inspiration for Pierre Samuel du Pont to design Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, one of the world’s largest display gardens. Earlier this year, Ms. DeMarco was a guest of Longwood’s Director and Garden Historian to retrace Mr. du Pont’s sources of inspiration in Paris, France. Her lecture at The Kampong will explore these green spaces in Vaux le Vicomte, Courances, le Chatonnierre, and Chareau deVillandry, discuss how Longwood incorporated design elements from these iconic gardens, and give tips on to create your own great garden in Miami.

“This lecture is particularly exciting, as Debra will give us insight into gardens that are generally not open to the public,” said Ann Parsons, Director of The Kampong. “I know that her talk will inspire novice and experienced gardeners alike!” Debra DeMarco is the owner of DDM Horticultural Services: making Miami a more beautiful city one garden at a time.

The Kampong gate and parking opens at 6:30PM for a dessert reception, and the lecture begins at 7PM. Attendance is free to Kampong Fellows and Members; tickets for the public are $10.

Reservations required: 305.442.7169 or email

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