Join Us for the Inaugural Ohio Landscape Plant Symposium

This March 22nd will hopefully be the first of many celebrations of plant knowledge I’ve formally dubbed the Ohio Landscape Plant Symposium. I can think of no better way to spend a gloomy late March day than to gather with fellow plant lovers and learn from some of our country's foremost horticultural experts. We hope this will be the perfect kick-off to spring and provide ample inspiration for the year to come.Ohio Landscape Plant Symposium

I am very proud of the excellent group of speakers we have assembled for this event. First, Tony Avent is the well-known owner of Plant Delights Nursery, arguably one of the world's finest purveyors of rare and unusual perennials. A world-traveler and collector, Tony has forgotten more about plants than most of us will  ever know. His presentation will focus on the rich palette of southern U.S. native plants that are perfectly at home in northern gardens.

Second, Andrew Bunting served as the curator of the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College for 23 years and is now the Vice President of Horticulture at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. His book, The Plant Lover's Guide to Magnolias, was published in 2016. Andrew will be speaking about the many magnolia species and varieties best suited to Midwestern 

Next, Ed Lyon is the director of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University. He will present a thought-provoking argument for a balanced approach to horticulture in our modern era of concerns about native plants, non-native plants, and climate change.

Our fourth speaker will be Dr. Richard Olsen, director of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Richard will delve into the important role of botanical gardens and arboreta in  conserving, evaluating, and promoting rare and threatened species.

Finally, Tim Wood is the Product Development and Marketing Manager at Spring Meadow Nursery in Michigan, where a large proportion of the shrubs we buy begin their lives. Tim has the enviable responsibility of circling the globe in search of new and improved plant varieties. In doing so, he has forged relationships with the world’s leading plant breeders and will be sharing some of their stories, as well as discussing how new and better plants go from inception to production. 

On top of all these wonderful speakers, a respectable lunch is included in the cost of your registration! On behalf of the Secrest Team, I hope you will join us for the first annual Ohio
Landscape Plant Symposium
by registering here.

Thanks to our generous sponsors who have helped make the symposium possible: Friends of Secrest Arboretum, Bartlett Tree Experts, Kingwood Center Gardens, and the Ohio Landscape Association.

--Jason Veil, Curator