Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer (APLD and LI) celebrating over 20 years in professional practice.  Maria specializes in landscape plans and coaching that creates beautiful spaces and colorful flower gardens designed for you. She offers lectures & workshop programs for the home gardener.

  • Her goal is to stimulate, expand ideas, and techniques that you can use in your landscapes & gardens.
  • Maria offers color slide power point lectures using images from her design and of gardens visited throughout the US and abroad.
  • Garden clubs and conferences—from Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Fine Gardening Regional Conference, Blythewood, ELA, Master Gardeners to Sudbury Garden Club have offered her lectures and work- shops.
  • Her lectures reflect over 15 years of coaching & design & horticultural success creating beautiful flowering gardens.
  • Detailed and descriptive handouts accompany all lecture


Zoom and In-Person Lectures



Color Gardens: Beautiful Perennial Combinations from Spring thru Frost (Revised 2021)

You’ll learn Color Pairing, the first step to create a stunning combination.  Graphics introduce color theory and texture as design tools easy to use to create your own beautiful combinations in seasonal sequence. Image examples shown for both sunny and shady flower combinations blooming from spring through fall you can use right away. Or inspire you to create your own. Examples from gardens in New England, the US, and abroad.


New! Pollinating Meadow Gardens: Lay-out & Choice Plants & Combinations

Plants that attract beneficial pollinators help our bird populations feed their young. This lecture explores using native plants in an ornamental way to create dynamic, stunning meadow gardens. Lay-out techniques echoing the way plants communities intermingle will make your flowering planned meadow garden looks cohesive and natural. Choice plants will be highlighted in blooming sequence.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Bresshingham Garden

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Bressingham Garden

Expand Your Bloom with Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Flowering trees and shrubs distinguish older landscapes from modern ones. While some people plant spring flowering, few plant summer flowering. Many are fragrant, native, and need little care. They add beauty and special value to your land- scape. This lecture also includes information about combining native flowering/berrying plants in a shrub border/wildlife corridor to attract birds, butterflies.


Classic Vertical Gardening: Vines that Flower Up and Around

Highlights ornamental vines– perennial, annual, and edible that add texture, flower, berry, fragrance, and sometimes fruit. Slides show examples of vertical gardening and their structures from historic gardens, today’s gardens, and choice examples of individual plants that grow well in our area. A new section features the recent trend of living “green walls”. Maria’s lectures aim to stimulate and expand ideas and design solutions for the home gardener to use in their own gardens.

Meant for Each Other: My Favorite Foliage Combinations

Maria photographed this collection of color foliage combinations throughout the seasons as she visited gardens she designed—both her own and her clients.  The talk illustrates the journey marked by gates and paths that invite you into the gardens to discover and enjoy combinations.

Winter gardenCreating Winter Gardens & Beyond: using the Art of Lay-out Design (Revised 2021)

You’ll learn lay-out techniques that work in All Seasons. How to make the winter garden that are the bones of the 4 season landscape. Learn out to create winter gardens that delight and inspire. Images from Maria’s client’s gardens and public gardens of Tower Hill’s Winter Garden, Mass Hort’s Bressingham GardenDecordova Museum  & the author’s designs to inspire. Diagrams of the winter plantings, and the nuts & bolts of drifts and masses show you how.



Create Color Waves of Perennial Combinations from Spring thru Frost

Learn how to create both sunny and shady border combinations from spring through fall. Color theory and texture are introduced as design tools to create your own beautiful winning combinations. Participants will create a personal garden color palette  and begin the process to map out bloom succession combinations from spring to fall.


Lecture Availability

You can book lectures from October though April. in a new tab)

Lecture Fees

  • Small Group: (Garden Clubs) $375 (Virtual Zoom $375) 
  • Conferences & Symposium    $850
  • All fees plus travel expenses (mileage, lodging, meals), handout costs (based on number of projected attendees) are payable on lecture date. References are available.

Workshop Fee

Small Group $475 (Zoom Lecture price varies by Group Size), Conferences & Symposium $975. All fees plus travel expenses (mileage, lodging, meals), handout costs (based on number of projected attendees) are payable on lecture date.


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A note from Andover Garden Club:

“Many thanks for an inspiring talk to our Garden Club last Tuesday. Your photos were outstanding and I especially like the useful information on color theory. Your illustrations demonstrated the concepts so clearly and made the theory understandable. It’s a process that I will use more thoughtfully as I select plants in the future. Your detailed handouts are an added benefit.” Sandra C. 4/11/17