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Today’s Horticulture Symposium


When: Friday, February 3, 2017
8 am - 4 pm
Where: Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA  
United States
Nicole Wisner

Phone: 610.388.5454

8 am Registration
8 am–4:45 pm Plant Sale Featuring an eclectic offering of plants, seeds,
tools, and other items. Proceeds from the sale benefit educational travel and other Activities of the Professional Gardener Program of Longwood Gardens.

8:50 am Welcome Nicole Wisner, Symposium Chair
9 am Reviving the Gardens at Meadowburn Farm Quill Teal-Sullivan
Helena Rutherfurd Ely’s early 20th century gardens at Meadowburn Farm were famous for their beauty and innovative use of hardy planting practices. In addition
to sharing the legacy of Ely and Medowburn, Quill will describe the challenges and triumphs encountered while rehabilitating the gardens.

9:45 am Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten Russ Cohen
The Mid-Atlantic region is home to over 150 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Learn to identify,
prepare and safely forage for over two dozen species ranging from Dandelions to Juneberries.

10:30 am Break

11 am Express Yourself: Cultivating Garden Style Rochelle Greayer
Learn how to take a critical look at your tastes in many areas of life (fashion, home décor, hobbies) then translate it into a unique, imaginative, cohesive and beautiful garden plan that exudes your or your client’s personality.

1:55 pm Stretching the Borders Barbara Tiffany
Growing in The Gardens at Mill Fleurs are unfamiliar forms of the oh-so-familiar genera that we know so well and perhaps overuse. Barbara will introduce us to Cornus with fused bracts, curly Rhododendron, dwarf Gingko, unusual Quercus and even some interesting Forsythia.

2:40 pm Break

Please select either Track 1a, Track 1b, or Track 2

Track 1 (Please select either 1a or 1b)

11:45 am–12:45 pm
1a: Cultivating Plants, Communities and Bright Futures in the Twin Cities
Join Summer Badawi as she shares how a few dynamic leaders and 60 teen staff at Urban Roots in St Paul, MN are developing urban farm and conservation demo sites to inspire connections to plants, healthy eating and land stewardship in their community.

12:45–1:45 pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant

11:45 am–12:45 pm
1b: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Phil Forsyth
Community orchards are multi-functional green infrastructure providing fresh fruit, educational and economic opportunities and community space. Learn about the growing movement of urban orchards and the work of the Philadelphia Orchard
Project in planting and supporting orchards in neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

12:45–1:45 pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant

Track 2
11:45 am–1 pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant
1–1:45 pm Why Do We Botanize? Fred Spicer
Experience a modern-day look at plant exploration in Alabama and examine a number of important implications for conservation and horticulture, from observing plants
in their natural habitats and documenting native ranges, to discovering novel plant forms.

3:05 pm Protecting the Monarch Butterfly by Reforesting its Overwintering Habitat
Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, Ph.D.
Discover how dedicated local volunteers at Forests for Monarchs protect the migratory
monarch butterfly by reforesting its threatened overwintering habitat in Mexico. The organization has produced, distributed and planted nine million native tree seedlings to reduce the impacts of wood harvesting.

4 pm Closing Remarks

For more information, or to register for this Symposia, please click here:

This program is eligible for 5 PCH CEUs.

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