On Friday, October 15, 2010 the annual Perennial Plant Conference will be held at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College from 8 am to 5 pm. This conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.
This popular day-long conference is hosted in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, an area with a rich garden history. The conference covers a variety of topics of interest to horticulturists and avid gardeners. This year’s topics will range from the meadows by design to gardening for a hopeful future. Optional study tours of the Scott Arboretum’s extensive perennial plant collection will also be available.
Included in your registration packet will be a FREE weekend admission pass to Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens for the weekend following the conference. To receive a brochure, please contact Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-1000 x507 or visit www.perennialplantconference.org . No phone registrations please.
This year’s speakers and topics will include:
- Eric T. Fleisher, director of horticulture at Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, discusses how to help our landscape recover from the twentieth century’s industrial and chemical interventions.
- Dale Hendricks¸ co-founded North Creek Nurseries, Inc, will provide new information and insights into a gardener’s eye view of the carbon cycle.
- Holly Scoggins, associate professor in the department of horticulture, and the director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, explores the challenges, trends and personalities in the ornamental plant production and marketing industry.
- Piet Oudolf, founder of “New Wave” planting movement, will discuss how his design intention is not to copy nature, but to give a feeling of nature.
- John Greenlee, owner and founder of Greenlee Nursery in Pomona, California, will discuss how to design and create meadows and natural lawns appropriate for our region.