Today's Horticulture Symposium
About this Event
This daylong symposium hosted by the Professional Gardener Alumni Association of Longwood Gardens.
First Friday in February
The event is sponsored by Longwood Gardens, the Chanticleer Foundation, and the Mt. Cuba Center and boasts a diverse lineup of speakers and features a plant sale with an eclectic offering of plants, books and tools. Symposium registrants will also gain access to the gardens and will be treated to a warm buffet lunch.
All proceeds benefit educational programs sponsored by the Professional Gardener Alumni Association Program of Longwood Gardens.
8:00 am Registration
8:00 am–4:45 pm Plant Sale
Featuring an eclectic offering of plants, books, 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
Erin Feeney, Symposium Chair
9:00 am Shaping History: The Garden at Levens Hall
Gardens can be a living link with the past, and few reflect this more than the garden at Levens Hall whose layout and iconic topiary were established more than three centuries ago. Chris will chart its evolution, revealing a reverence for its past while acknowledging that refreshment and renewal are vital.
9:45 am One Drop at a Time
Marcus de la Fleur
Marcus de la Fleur is not a Johnny-come-lately to green design. He has been contributing to sustainable projects since 1989 and continually challenges traditional landscape design to think REALLY green. He has documented his work on practical applications of sustainable practices and will demonstrate how these results can easily be applied to the residential home.
10:30 am Break
11:00 am EXTREMELY Low-Maintenance Perennials by Season
Kerry Ann Mendez
You will be thrilled to discover gorgeous perennials, including many new introductions that require little hand holding from gardeners. These beauties enjoy lean soil, little or no fertilizer, less water, little or no deadheading, and many are deer resistant. Presented with design tips and ideas to help save you time and money!
Please select either Track 1 or Track 2
11:45 am–12:30 pm Dixter Days
Having had the rare opportunity to garden at Great Dixter for over a year, Emma was able to get her hands dirty and gain an insider’s view into the workings of the legendary garden. Emma will highlight some of the practices learned while sharing the effervescent spirit of the garden that is Great Dixter.
12:30–1:45 pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant
11:45 am–1:00 pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant
1:00–1:45 pm All Things Blueberry!
Blueberries provide multi-season interest of flowers, fruit, and fall foliage, making them a rewarding addition to an edible landscape–for you or the birds. Learn about blueberry culture and uses, varieties, nutritional benefits, and why every landscape has room for this wonderful native shrub.
1:55 pm Reading the Landscape: An Intuitive Approach to Landscape Design
What inspires us to create unique and distinctive landscapes? Listen as Michael delves into the many avenues of inspiration he exploits when he designs. Memories, everyday common metaphors, geography, and history are just a few of his inspirational tools. Add them up and you get a landscape that is transformative.
2:40 pm Break
3:05 pm Eternal, Easy, Everyday Roses
Stephen will lead a discussion about old roses, their histories, rose preservation projects, and the Heritage Rose District of New York City.
4:00 pm Closing Remarks