Two special guests will present gardening and landscaping tips during Garden Fair, May 9 and 10 at the State Arboretum of Virginia.

On Saturday, acclaimed author, lecturer, and garden designer C. Colston Burrell will present his expertise and experience in a talk titled “Beauty, Integrity and Resilience…Can a Garden Have Everything?” Burrell is the author of 12 gardening books and lectures internationally on design, plants, and ecology. The lifelong plantsman has been sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for more than 40 years, and his work is part of the Smithsonian Archive of American Gardens. His talk is sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Topic: Beauty, Integrity and Resilience: Can A Garden Have Everything?
Do our gardening practices have a negative impact on the environment? Can we make a difference by changing the way we approach design, plant choice, planting techniques and maintenance regimes? How do we meet our aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and exotic plants? These are a few of the questions to explore in terms of the hallmarks of sustainability when melding aesthetic expectations with ecosystem form and function.

And on both Saturday and Sunday, Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated public radio series “You Bet Your Garden,” will offer “fiercely organic” gardening advice and wit. McGrath is editor-at-large for Organic Gardening and is the magazine’s former editor-in-chief. He writes a monthly column, "Mike McGrath's Tall Tales," and answers questions on the magazine's website. "You Bet Your Garden" airs weekly on National Public Radio. He also writes a column by the same name that appears in the quarterly gardening publication Greenprints.

Topic: Everything is eating my garden but me!
Are dastardly deer doing in your dill? Did voracious voles dine on your (delicious!) tulip bulbs? Are seemingly invisible enemies beating up your broccoli, laying waste to your lettuce and cancelling your cabbage crop? And are Evil Squirrels carrying off everything else? Mike will outline the strategies that just might allow you to taste some of your precious produce this season. Evil Squirrels be warned! Mike is on the way!