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Today's Horticulture Symposium

Today’s Horticulture Symposium

Dates & Price

Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 am–4:30 pm

Symposium Fee: $119
(by January 4, 2019)

Late Fee: $149
(after January 4, 2019)

Live Webcast: Free

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This daylong symposium is hosted by the Professional Gardener Alumni Association of Longwood Gardens.

The event is sponsored by Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer Foundation, Mt. Cuba Center, and The Professional Gardener Alumni Association. It boasts a diverse lineup of speakers and features a plant sale with an eclectic offering of houseplants, perennials, woodies and more. Registration also includes lunch and access to the Gardens.

View the symposium brochure for more about the speakers and to register by mail.


8:00 am

8:00 am–4:45 pm
Plant Sale

Featuring an eclectic offering of houseplants, perennials, woodies and more. Proceeds from the sale benefit educational travel of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Training Program.

8:50 am

Emily Reuther, Symposium Chair

9:00 am
Digging In, Embracing Seasonality, and Getting Back to Gardening

Jonathan Wright

Spanning more than 150 acres, Newfields is a vast cultural campus in the heart of the Midwest. Jonathan Wright will highlight the work he and his team have recently undertaken to reinvigorate the gardens, restore native areas, and engage a wider audience through exceptional seasonal exhibitions merging art and nature.

9:45 am
Phytoremediation: Pollution Purging Plants!

Kate Kennen

Can plants help remediate a site’s contaminants when soil testing reveals something troublesome? With careful research and planning, integrating new phytotechnology plantings into design work can result in huge financial and environmental benefits. Kate Kennen will review the tools and plants used to create effective phytolandscapes.

10:30 am

11:00 am
What a Chef Wants

Aaron Keefer

What does it take to farm for direct sales to restaurants? How do chefs get their inspiration? Learn what is new in the foodie world and how to communicate with chefs from chef-turned-farmer Aaron Keefer. What happens on the cutting edge of restaurants becomes the trends that shape our foodscape for years.

11:45 am
Professional Gardener Alumni Spotlight, Part 1
From the Ground Up: Soil Management for Crop Production in the Tropics

Russell Galanti, Class of 2010

What principles apply specifically to soil management in the tropics? Russell Galanti will review the importance behind soil organic matter for ecological health, as well as its research and implementation in Hawaiian macadamia orchards and vegetable farms in Tanzania.

12:15 pm
Lunch (Terrace Restaurant)

1:45 pm
Professional Gardener Alumni Spotlight, Part 2
Engaging Southwest Philadelphia in a Historic River Garden

Tom Reber, Class of 2008

Bartram’s Garden in southwest Philadelphia has long been a place for the exchange of ideas. In the 18th and 19th centuries, notable persons in the fields of art and science gathered to walk its grounds and discuss the central issues of their time. Join Tom Reber on a journey through this vibrant landscape of plants and people.

2:15 pm
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Alpines at Missouri Botanical Garden

Mariel Tribby, Class of 2012

St. Louis is a tough place to grow alpine plants. Challenges include hot and humid summers, and fluctuating temperatures with little persistent snow in the winter. Since 2014, Mariel Tribby has been growing alpines at Missouri Botanical Garden, trialing different species and cultivation methods to determine the adaptability of these tough mountaintop-dwellers.

2:45 pm
Growing for the Gardener

Helen O’Donnell

Helen O’Donnell’s work as a grower is directly informed by her garden design business; she grows the plants with which she wants to garden, following her own curiosities and artistic sensibilities. In this presentation, Helen will look at various reasons and motivations to grow plants from seed, the makeup of her target audience, and how her business fits into the larger fabric of horticulture.

3:30 pm

3:45 pm
Seeing Plants: Medium for Abstraction

Douglas Reed

Douglas Reed’s design approach employs abstraction as a vehicle for understanding the character of a place and expressing design intentions, aiming always to attain clarity and to distill the essentials. This talk delves into recent works by Reed Hilderbrand that exemplify this approach and explores a number of artists, designers, and botanical painters who have pursued abstraction in their respective media.

4:30 pm
Closing Remarks