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First Friday: Planting Ideas
Date: 4/4/2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Main Reading Room
375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, California 94941
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First Friday: Planting Ideas
Friday, April 4th
Main Reading Room - 7pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

For adults and high school students only. No one younger will be admitted.

*Registration is strongly recommended.

In concert with the launch of SeedSmart, the Library's Seed Lending Library, we present a convergence between art and science as speakers from four different disciplines endgage in a lively, multifaceted conversation on the exotic world of plants. Using grape, heartsease, chamise, maple and sunfower as starting points, poet Amy Glynn (A Modern Herbal), ethnobotanist Jolie Lonner Egert (Go Wild Consulting), watershed consultant Apryl Uncapher (Creating Rain Gardens), and seed company founder and formal ecological interior designer N. Astrid Hoffman (Living Seed Company) will explore everything from literary references to medicinal uses, seed dispersal to cultivation strategies, water use to odd facts, and more.

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This Evening's Presenters

Amy GlynnAmy Glynn's work appears widely in journals and anthologies including the Best American Poetry 2010 and 2012. She has been a recipient of a James Merrill House fellowship, the Mona van Duyn Scolarship at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Poetry Northwest's Carolyn Kizer award. Her poetry collection "A Modern Herbal" was released by Measure Press in November 2013. She lives in Lafayette CA.


Apryl Uncapher thumbnailApryl Uncapher is an ecological designer dedicated to rainwater harvesting modeled on nature's examples. Co-author of the San Francisco Rainwater Harvesting Guide and Creating Rain Gardens, Apryl has consulted on a variety of integrative stormwater management and water recycling projects for more than a decade. With a degree in innovative design engineering from Purdue University and accredited as a LEED professional, Apryl continually sources opportunities to participate in water projects that inspire a sustainable water consciousness.

Jolie Egert thumbnailJolie Egert is the owner of Go Wild Consulting a company that fosters healthy ecosystems and our connections to them. Jolie is has inspired thousands of people to deepen their connection to the natural world and awaken their ecological selves. She received her Master's degree in Natural Resources/Forestry from Humboldt State University where she studied sustainable forestry practices including the harvest of wild medicinal plants from Northwest forests. She is a Certified Forester and Permaculture Designer. Jolie has completed ethnobotanical projects on four continents.

Jolie is Adjunct Faculty at the College of Marin and she regularly teaches at diverse venues in the Bay Area. She has served as the President of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. You can learn more about her work at

Astrid Hoffman thumbnailN. Astrid Hoffman is a native of Colombia and raised in Miami Beach, Astrid’s journey of living closer to the earth, began at the ripe age of thirteen. Realizing people’s disconnection with the natural world, she became active in educating and inspiring people to live more harmonious lives.

After being formally trained as an interior designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Astrid moved to California to connect deeper with the land.  She incorporated her studies as a designer with her environmental sensibilities beginning her career as an ecological interior designer. She expanded her knowledge and acquired a Certificate in Green Building and Permaculture, as well as becoming LEED accredited. While working in the design field she saw the need for more sustainable practices, and launched her firm Astrid Design Studio. 

In 2009 she moved to the agricultural institute of Solstice Grove located in west Marin county, California, where she deepened her connection with the natural world and had the delight of meeting her husband Matthew. Astrid looks forward to continuing her path of educating others to create harmonious living environments by empowering them to grow food and save seeds!

Call (415) 389-4292 x3 for more details.

This event is free and open to the public.

What are First Fridays?
Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.

The Venue:
The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.

The Experience:
Programs typically last 90 minutes (includes Q&A). First Fridays feature a wine reception before and after our program. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 115 and 260 people per event.

Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services. Click here to support Library events.

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