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The Garden Club of Jacksonville presents John Gidding, landscape architect and host of the hugely popular HGTV “Curb Appeal” shows, for a presentation about his new book “At Home with Nature: A Guide to Sustainable, Natural Landscaping.” San Marco Books and More will sell copies of Gidding’s book, and the author will be available to sign them after the program. Several local organizations will have tables with information and items for sale before and after the program. Grab a drink from the donation bar and visit the food vendor.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Visit tables, food vendor, donation bar

Farmery Bakery & Bodega: Will sell ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches, grab-and-go meals, pastries, flavored lemonade, as well as produce, handmade jams, pickles, seasonal blends, and more.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Duval Audubon Society

Florida Native Plant Society Ixia Chapter

The Herban Bee

Lark Native Plants

Native and Uncommon Plants

Native Plant Consulting

Northeast Florida Sierra Club

St. Johns Riverkeeper

UF|IFAS Duval County Extension

6:30-7:15 p.m. Author talk

7:15-7:30 p.m. Q&A

7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing, visit tables, food vendor, donation bar

Free and open to the public


The Garden Club of Jacksonville thanks the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for a generous grant to create signature events like these that establish the Garden Club of Jacksonville as the place in the community to encourage environmental responsibility, forge our connection to the earth, and celebrate green spaces.

The Riverdale Inn, which is providing lodging for John Gidding, is a family owned and operated business located in the heart of Riverside in Jacksonville. With 11 individually designed and decorated guest rooms, guests feel at home while still enjoying the amenities of a hotel or larger inn.

Members Meet and Greet

Come early for an exclusive meet and greet with John Gidding. Enjoy a complimentary drink and small bites by Farmery Bakery & Bodega while you chat with Gidding about his new book. Skip the line at the main event and have your book signed at this intimate gathering.

  • 4:30-6 p.m. Event in the Club Room

$20 for #GardenClubJax members (limited tickets)

John Gidding

Born in Istanbul, John Gidding attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before entering Yale University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture. An enthusiastic art and math student, he also earned a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He hosted the hugely popular HGTV shows “Curb Appeal,” “Curb Appeal, the Block,” and “Designed to Sell,” has appeared on “Trading Spaces,” and is a frequent guest on Rachel Ray.

“At Home with Nature: A Guide to Sustainable, Natural Landscaping”

Go from manicured lawn to eco-conscious garden with this step-by-step guide from HGTV star John Gidding. Increased awareness of the environment and an ever-present interest in curb appeal means that homeowners are eager for more sustainable, natural landscaping. And why shouldn’t they be? In addition to supporting local flora and fauna, ditching grass for lush, native plants helps lower water bills and results in self-sustaining gardens long-term. In John Gidding’s “At Home with Nature,” American homeowners will find thorough blueprints to reap these benefits and bring their dream garden to life. Complete with specific information for every U.S. bioregion, a glossary of native plants, illustrated yard renderings and photos, and detailed explanations of suburban codes, this book has examples and techniques to build responsible natural spaces. And as an HGTV star with over a decade of design experience, Gidding is the landscaping expert readers need to get the job done. “At Home with Nature” is the ultimate resource for creating beautiful and beneficial home gardens.

Pre-purchase John Gidding’s Book

Don’t miss your chance to get an autographed copy of John Gidding’s “At Home with Nature.” Purchase your book ahead of time by visiting here.

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