A shady garden in a sunny climate can be a welcome respite, and offers the opportunity to grow some fascinating plants, even succulents. And there are a host of great tree choices for Northern California to create that shade. But shade in the garden can also offer some challenges, such as dry soil from tree-root competition. Whether you want to add shade to your landscape but dont know the best approach, or you have shade and need suggestions on how to make it more beautiful, this seminar will answer your questions, from design ideas to plant choices to practical advice.Speakers include Eric and Silvina Blasen, principals with the award-winning firm of Blasen Landscape Architecture, Matt Ritter, botany professor at Cal Poly and author of A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us, garden writer Marty Wingate, and Brian Kemble, succulent expert and curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Read more about the speakers.The seminar will be followed by tours of private gardens that show shade at its best, and a reception and plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Join us for an enjoyable, informative day of lectures, book sales and signings, garden tours, and the chance to take home choice succulents to add to your home landscape. Co-sponsorsA Ruth Bancroft Horticultural Seminar, presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and co-sponsored by the Gardens at Heather Farm. Date and timeFriday, July 12, 2013 9 a.m. Check-in and registration9:15 - 2:30 p.m. Lectures, lunch, and book sales3 p.m. Tours of private gardens5 p.m. Reception and plant sale at Ruth Bancroft GardenRegistration **Early registration, until June 28, 2013**$65 Members of the Garden Conservancy, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and the Gardens at Heather Farm, $80 General admission After June 28, 2013:$85 Members of the Garden Conservancy, the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and the Gardens at Heather Farm$100 General admission Register online at http://www.gardenconservancy.org or call the Garden Conservancy in San Francisco at 415.441.4300.