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Garden & Landscape Symposium


When: Saturday, April 28
8 am - 4 pm
Where: Hillman Center for Performing Arts
423 Fox Chapel Rd
Pittsburgh, PA  
United States
Sandy Feather

Phone: 412.482.3454

APRIL 28, 2018 8:00AM-8:45AM
Garden Marketplace at Shady Side Ice Rink
8:30AM-9:00AM Registration / Continental breakfast

Hillman Center for Performing Arts
423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Welcome / Introductions

Miriam Goldberger began growing wildflowers and fell madly in love with the beauty and practicality that native plants bring to our lives. A flower farmer since 1986, Miriam has seeded, planted, nurtured, harvested, and created floral desings with thousands upon thousands of wildflowers. She is the founder and co-owner of Wildflower Farm, a wildflower seed production company in Ontario, Canada—a magical 100 acres where the wildflower gardens and meadows thrive without irrigation or pesticides and give refuge to pollinators. Miriam is truly a woman out standing in her field.

Miriam talks: 9:15-10:30AM
Taming Wildflowers: From Seed to Vase – A Celebration, Guide & Users’ Manual
This inspirational workshop is a seductive celebration of wildflowers featuring lush photos from the author’s 100 acre flower farm. Attendees will learn how-to grow native wildflowers from seed and how to incorporate wildflowers into their gardens to support pollinators. They will also learn how to harvest fresh-cut flowers for longest vase life.

The Reel History of Lawn in North America: Transcending Traditional Turf
The typical North American lawn’s notorious as an ecological nightmare is well founded. Until recently there was an underlying assumption that shallow rooted, sod lawns, dependent as they are on endless mowing, fertilizing and watering must be endured. This presentation examines the ecological, economic and aesthetic implications of our obsession with turf and shares easy, site-specific turf alternatives.

Peter Del Tredici is a botanist specializing in the growth and cultivation of trees. He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after working there for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Curator of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. He taught in the Landscape Architecture Department at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 through 2016 and is currently teaching classes in Urban Ecology in the Urban Planning Department at MIT. In 2013, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.” His research interests include plant exploration in Asia, the root systems of woody plants, the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree and spontaneous urban vegetation.

Peter Del Tredici Talk: 2:50-4:00PM Human Nature : Urban Ecology

Spontaneous urban ecosystems are the ultimate manifestation of the dynamic conflict between humans and nature--between our desire for neat, orderly landscapes on the one hand and our fear of messy ecological chaos on the other. This presentation will focus on the plants, especially trees that grow without cultivation in cities and their remarkable ability to flourish in spite of stressful environmental conditions. Cities—along with the plants and animals they support—can be considered "novel" ecosystems that not only reflect a tumultuous past but also preview of an unpredictable future. For better or worse, the spontaneous vegetation that inhabits our cities is as cosmopolitan as its people and, quite frankly, better adapted to their changing environmental conditions than the native species that once grew there. Like it or not, this “brave new ecology” has become the new normal in many cities, and people should recognize the contributions it makes in cleaning up the mess we’ve made of the planet.

James Cassidy has been an Instructor of Soil Science at Oregon State University for over 12 years. The introductory class now has over 200 students each term and is very popular. James is also the faculty advisor for the wildly popular OSU Organic Growers Club - OSU's student farm. Coming from a non-traditional background (music industry for over 30 years) he is passionate about soil and is popular with students because of his dynamic speaking style. The student farm project has over 300 student volunteers on it's list-serve and continues to grow. The farm cultivates over 50 different fruit and vegetable crops and is just finishing it's 18th season.

10:45-11:00AM Soil! – What it is & How it works…
It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know!

12:30PM-1:30PM Title= "The Penn State Flower Trials 85 Years Young”

Join Sinclair Adam, PSU Flower Trials Director, to learn about the history of this long standing, internationally recognized program, and the development of the PSU Flower Trials in the recent past. Sinclair will cover the impact of 3-year in-ground perennial trials, the development of collaborative sites, and the program requirements for continued success in the future, and the contribution of PSU Master Gardeners to the program. We will visit some other trials sites, in and out of PA, and look at the ‘Big Picture’ of floricultural breeding and marketing worldwide, in the exciting and dynamic field of floriculture.

4 PCH CEUs are available for participation.

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