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Woody Plant Conference


When: Wednesday, June 29th
7:30 - 4:30
Where: Lang Performing Arts Center @ Swarthmore College
United States
Longwood Gardens
Phone: 610-388-1000 ext 507

Woody Plant Conference Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College

7:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee

7:45 – 8:45 Early Riser Tours of Scott Arboretum

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Claire Sawyers, Director, Scott Arboretum

9:15 – 10:15 Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot Sir Peter Crane
Ginkgo is a botanical oddity and a widely recognized botanical “living fossil.” Wild ginkgo exists only in China. Today it is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized
for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. It is one of the world’s most popular street trees and it is used in herbal medicines. This lecture will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

10:15 – 10:45 Break: Book and Raffle Ticket Sales

10:45 – 11:30 New Plant Trends, Rick Crowder
Join Rick as he shares information about new plants and his travels to discover them. This session will focus on trends in the market and what has occurred for several years with introductions and branding. Explore how these changes have affected growers.

11:30 – 12:15 Pollinators and Natural Enemies:
Can We Help Them Do Their Jobs in Landscapes and Nurseries? Paula Shrewsbury
Insects perform many important ecosystem services such as pollination and biological control. Many practices implemented to manage plants in urban landscapes and
nurseries can have detrimental impacts on beneficial insects and the services they provide. This session will outline alternative plant management practices to protect beneficial insects and measures to aid in their conservation.

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch: Book and Raffle Ticket Sales

1:15 – 2:00 Gardeners’ Voices – Five Favorite
Underutilized Shrubs Under Five Feet! Heidi Hesselein, Pleasant Run Nursery
Eva Monheim, Temple University Ambler Mary Tipping, Scott Arboretum

2:00 – 2:45 Sculpting New Plants,
Inside a Breeding Program Joseph Rothleutner
Plant breeding is a balance of creativity and science. Take a look inside The Morton Arboretum’s new plant development program to see how new plants are bred and learn about some ongoing research to tame trouble plants. This session will also highlight great plants already released from the Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program and what may be coming next.

2:45 – 3:15 Break: Last Chance to Buy Books and Raffle Tickets

3:15 – 3:25 Raffle Winner Announcements

3:25 – 4:25 Garden and Forest: 120 Years of
Cultivation and Conservation at The New York Botanical Garden Todd Forrest
Is my garden a friend or foe of nature? Should I plant a dogwood instead of the Japanese stewartia I have always craved? What’s a responsible dendrophile to do in an era of increasing concern about invasive species and growing knowledge about the ecological functions of native plants? Todd will discuss lessons learned from more than
120 years of balancing nature and horticulture across NYBG’s 250-acre landscape in the Bronx.

4:25 – 4:30 Closing Comments
4:30 – 5:30 Happy Hour
5:45 Last Shuttle to Springfield Mall

Register early and save! Deadline for early registration is June 1. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins, please.
For more information or to Register Online:
Mail your registration form(s) to:
Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens,
P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501
Please make checks payable to Longwood Gardens, Inc.

REGISTRATION FEE: Register early and save!
❏❏ $99 per person if postmarked by June 1
❏❏ $129 per person if postmarked between June 2 & June 21

This Conference is eligible for 6 PCH CEUs.


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