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Small Plants, Big Bang Lecture

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This Class is SOLD OUT!


Spring is an ideal time to be transplanting woody plants, and this lecture will introduce you to new and old favorites that make the most of small spaces.  In the excitement to create a beautiful outdoor living space, many gardeners overplant (in number or size). Learn about the long-term consequences of overplanting, and how to avoid it by introducing the smaller gems of the plant world into your garden. Design your next garden bed with some unique native groundcovers, dwarf conifers, and more!

Jen Kettel is an arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area. She is a recent graduate of the American Society for Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Academy, an advanced professional training for experienced arborists. As the owner of Radiant Leaf Consulting, she shares her passion for horticulture through the training she provides to both homeowners and green industry professionals.

Currently, she is a consultant for The Trustees’ public gardens, and a guest lecturer and trainer at the University of Massachusetts, the Arnold Arboretum, and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). In addition, she collaborates with other professionals through volunteer appointments on the Landscape Advisory Committee for the Wakefield Estate and Arboretum and the Board of Directors at Stearns Organic Farm.

Prior to starting Radiant Leaf Consulting in 2013, she worked as a staff horticulturist at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for more than ten years, and served on the board of directors for the International Society of Arboriculture’s local chapter for five years.


Graduate of ASCA Academy
ISA Certified Arborist, 15 years
NE-6297-AMassachusetts Certified Horticulturist
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified



Interested in a Massachusets Horticultural Society membership? Receive discounts on classes, free garden entry, and more

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$26 for Mass Hort Members ¦ $31 for General Admission




March 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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