Leading Landscape Designers, Plant Experts to Discuss Top Trees and Plants for the Region During the Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference

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Get the latest on the selection and care of hardy, versatile trees and shrubs from leading designers and plant experts.
April 10, 2018

Difficult growing conditions and a changing climate are among some of the most significant challenges trees and plants face today. Leading landscape designers and plant experts will discuss these challenges and present tree and plant species shown to thrive in our region during the 2018 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Resilient Plants for a Lasting Landscape, taking place at The Morton Arboretum on Thursday, September 6.

Co-presented by The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden, the conference will highlight the latest information and expert practices related to the selection and care of hardy and versatile Midwestern trees, shrubs, and woody plants.

2018 speakers will include:

Matt Lobdell, head of collections and curator, The Morton Arboretum
Kim Shearer, tree and shrub breeder, The Morton Arboretum

Arboretum experts will discuss the often challenging growing conditions in urban and suburban landscapes and how the Arboretum selects and improves the best performing tree species. The presentation will also address how new plant development has helped change the urban landscape.  Attendees will leave with a list of resilient trees well-suited for the region.

Heidi Hesselein, vice president, Pleasant Run Nursery
Tried-and-true plants and garden-worthy natives have an important place in the landscape. Conference attendees will learn about shrubs—new, old, and native—that will enhance a sustainable Midwest landscape.

Gary Johnson, PhD, professor, Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Minnesota
Participants will discover the 10 steps for successful landscapes for the long term.

Ernest C. Wong, founding principal of Site Design Group, Ltd.
Site Design Group has helped shape Chicago-area communities through landscape architecture for decades. Learn the evolution of the landscapes created by the firm with an overview of many of its projects ranging from streetscapes to public parks to large planning initiatives. Wong will discuss resiliency, sustainability, and social equity through design.

Edward Lyon, director, Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University
For all of their durability, four-season interest and beauty, dwarf conifers remain largely unknown and undervalued by public and professionals alike. Learn the benefits and impact of incorporating dwarf conifers in landscape designs. 

Professionals who attend the conference will receive continuing education credits. The conference is $96 for members of The Morton Arboretum or Chicago Botanic Garden or $120 for nonmembers now through May 1. After May 1, the conference is $106 for members and $130 for nonmembers.

The 2018 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference is generously supported by Bartlett Tree Experts.