Audience Reviews of Mendez


Kerry Ann Mendez is a 'passionate perennialist' mixing humor with practical tips for creating low-maintenance, high impact gardens. Thousands have been inspired by her approach to breathtaking, sustainable gardens & landscapes. HGTV, national mags..

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Enthusiastic/ helpful

Jim Peterson from Calimesa - 12/04/2017 17:02:44

At the New England Grows show last week I had a chance to see a talk by Kerry Ann Mendez titled "Remarkable Perennials, Annuals, and Flowering Shrubs. What I appreciated the most was her providing a list of dozens of her favorite plants (along with the zone they grow in) and her specific experiences with each plant on the list. She had used these plants in her own garden or in a design for a client. From this list, I can do further research on any of the plants to make sure it meets all of my requirements. Highly recommend.

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Awful and Misleading

Brendan Keegan from Boston - 11/29/2017 17:03:52

I saw Kerry speak at New England Grows, 2017 and found her presentation irritating and misleading. Kerry presented on native cultivars, that she claimed were good for the environment and good for pollinators. Again and again, she praised the majority of her plant choices, shown on beautiful slides, for having longer bloom times, more (or bigger) flowers, and more vibrant colors that she claimed made them "just great for pollinators!" This is an egregiously bad lie. There is evidence that despite their aesthetic appearance, the majority of native cultivars produce less pollen, nectar, or sugar than their native parentage. As a result, native cultivars are far worse for pollinators than native plants, despite Kerry's repeated claims to the contrary.

After her presentation, I asked her if she knew this and her answer made it worse. She said she was absolutely aware that native cultivars are generally not nearly as good for pollinators as native plants, and even identified a cultivar from her own slides as being "entirely worthless for pollinators" despite having just praised its merits as a good-for-pollinator plant. She said her reason for not addressing this in her talk was that "given the audience, I thought that a broader message was better". In short, she dumbed down her message to just plain lying in front of ~200 landscapers, gardeners, and growers.

The result will be that at least a few of the audience will take the handout (passed to everyone entering the room) which highlights cultivars that she claimed are good for pollinators and use that sheet as a reference when working with clients who increasingly want native, pollinator friendly plants. Instead of using her presentation to educate, all she did was mislead (knowingly!), with negative consequences for the industry and the environment.

Lots of enthusiasm, beautiful photos, but incredibly misleading content.

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Betsy Burgeson from Chautauqua - 11/28/2017 12:28:24

Best speaker I have heard in a while. Great charisma and could relate to wide variety of skill and knowledge level within the audience!

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Outstanding, energetic inspiring speaker

Martha Hill from Greenbackville, VA - 11/01/2017 07:23:40

Kerry's love and devotion for gardening is so energizing, filler with common sense.Her enthusiasm and confidence needs to be shared with all audiences, young and old.Her message is timely, and fun! She is a TOP 10, FIVE Star lecturer.I couldn't wait to return to my gardens and start digging, reorganizing, to make a lower maintenance, beautiful garden, which Kerry so easily conveyed to the audience! Thank you, Kerry!😍

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Sue from Exmore, Virginia - 10/31/2017 09:30:29