23 February 2015
Linda Larson is an outstanding speaker on gardens and every aspect about them. Her presentations are obviously well-researched and are a visual treat as they feature excellent photos of the places she is discussing. As a novice to the art of gardening, it is very helpful to hear about all the benefits of gardens and garden in addition to the obvious love of nature. I come away looking forward to the next opportunity to enjoy a garden, however big or grand, and wanting to start a pot garden of my own. I wholeheartedly recommend Ms. Larson as a speaker because any audience will not only be visually and orally entertained and stimulated, they will also have learned some invaluable life lessons.
Presentation for New Frontiers
22 February 2015
Linda gave an hour presentation for our group of about 50 people yesterday. She was very articulate, had gorgeous pictures of various gardens, and included inspirational ideas for our group. She also provided a handout for further exploration of various gardens for our members to visit and enjoy. Fantastic job!
The Art of Gardening
11 December 2014
Part travelogue, part art history class, Linda creatively explores the timeless relationship between art and gardening. Her thoughts come alive through vivid photography captured on visits to noteworthy gardens throughout the world. She and her photographer husband have a keen eye for details that make gardens so rewarding. I especially liked her final thought:
“A garden is a work of h-e-A-R-T.”
20 July 2014
Linda’s presentation was informative, professional and spiritual. The usual chatty group of gardeners sat spellbound throughout. Stunning photos compliment Linda’s flawless performance. A most remarkable experience!
12 July 2014
I have had the privilege of hearing several of Linda’s presentations over the past few years, the most recent being the “Remarkable Trees” given at the 2014 Pacific Region Convention in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. It is obvious that Linda develops her programs with careful research and an inordinate amount of detail. As editor of the AZ Federation of Garden Clubs Greenleaf Bulletin, I called upon Linda to write a byline each issue and she never failed to provide a wonderful article. Linda’s extensive travels and excellent speaking ability makes her a great speaker for any garden subject.
The Art of Gardening
8 May 2014
Linda Larson’s most recent presentation is another gem of an experience for lucky audiences. By weaving together gardens and works of art, listeners will be able to reflect on both in new and novel ways, allowing them to both see their own gardens as creations of works of art and the works of art showcased in the presentation as mirrors of gardens. I have been privileged to hear all four of Linda’s presentations, and each is different and excellent. Together, the four programs form a quartet of inspiring, informed, and deeply enjoyable experiences of stunning photography, knowledgeable commentary, and inspiring ideas. They are resonant with the power of nature and human appreciation of gardens and interaction and creation of them. Though certainly stand-alone programs, they would also make an excellent series.
7 April 2014
Linda Larson’s presentation of “Potting up Plants!” was delightful and informative. Our garden club is organizing a plant sale. We were inspired as she showed us photographs of the many potted plants she has seen as “The Traveling Gardener”. Well done, Linda, and many thanks for a very enjoyable program!
7 April 2014
I recently saw a presentation by Linda Larson that was given to the Tempe Garden Club. She is an outstanding speaker. I have heard her speak on other occasions and look forward to each opportunity.
Something for everyone!
5 April 2014
At our Tempe (Arizona) Garden Club meeting in March, we heard a thoroughly entertaining and original presentation from Linda Larson. She spoke on “Potting Up Plants: A Story of a Flowerpot,” and she included lots of history, design, color, inspiration and gardens from around the world! The whole presentation was a treat, and she left us wanting more!
A Nudge to Break Some New Ground
18 March 2014
How can a speaker stimulate the creativity of gardeners? Linda Larson’s most recent presentation, Potting Up, does just that. She has again assembled a marvelous series of photos drawn from gardens she has visited all over the world. They present a poetry of plants integrated into and set off by pots striking for their range of size, color, arrangement, and creative repurposing. Just when it would be tempting to copy a particular arrangement or idea, she moves on to something entirely different but just as delightful. As with her earlier presentation Trees, Linda also communicates a love of the environment and a joy for the way we can cooperate with it and simultaneously beautify our living spaces. In the process she surprises with creative word play and humor. I, like those I heard around me, ended with a desire to rush out to see my own garden and its possibilities with fresh eyes. I highly recommend finding a way to enjoy this presentation and then respond with your own creative marriage of plants and pots. We will all be better for it.
Potting Up Plants
28 February 2014
A couple of years ago I ended up at Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show with my wife. Turns out I really enjoyed it ! This year I again attended and accompanied her to presentation by Linda Larson on “Potting Up Plants” . I really enjoyed Linda’s presentation. It was very informative and the visuals were great.
Potting Up Plants
24 February 2014
Wow! Who knew garden pots could be so interesting. I just heard the
“Potting Up Plants” presentation by Linda at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The photos of
pots in gardens throughout the world were breathtaking. And her
research was impeccable. I certainly will never look at a garden pot in the same way. I’m inspired to move some pots in my garden and, of course, shop for a few more.
Eye opening and inspirational
21 February 2014
Linda’s presentation, Potting Up Plants was a vivid and entertaining history lesson on the role of containers in transporting species around the world. It was also a richly illustrated presentation on myriad styles, textures and shapes of what we think of as a humble flower pot. A great presentation.
Transforming the mundane
20 February 2014
In Linda’s Potting Up Plants presentation, she turns seemingly mundane items (pots) into things to be treasured. Her renewed look into “pots” was insightful and remarkable, backed up by wonderful visuals.
4 June 2013
Ms. Larson spoke to our large lifelong learning group and was outstanding. Not only her knowledge and preparation but also her sense of humor charmed everyone. I heard many comments from the audience, but one in particular: “When can she come back?”
Tempe Garden Club
Linda gave an excellent presentation on trees. She is an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable. Her power point presentation was great.
Linda Larson gave our Garden Club a very interesting, informative, inspiring program on Trees. Linda spoke of the physical, emotional and spiritual ways that trees benefit our lives. The photography was outstanding. Linda is quite a knowledgeable, entertaining speaker, and I recommend her highly.
Josephine Vincze, Tempe Garden Club
Linda’s container gardening talk is well-honed, expansive, and suitable for any garden audience regardless of region. It is a great 50-minute history of containers illustrated with high-quality images from gardens around the world. I recommend her highly.
Linda Larson gave an informative, interesting and very entertaining presentation about the history of containers and their usage and relevance to daily life throughout history at our Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs Annual Fundraiser February, 2013. Her deivery was fluent and the photography was outstanding.
Marcie Brooks, President of Desert Designers Garden Club and a National Garden Clubs Life Flower Show Judge
Linda Larson is a gifted presenter who pairs stunning photos with an inspiring message. Linda is a Master Gardener and Garden Club member who delivers an unforgettable presentation with universal appeal. Arizona is truly blessed to claim Linda as their own.
Carol Parrott, Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs President 2011-2013
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