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Leading landscape designers, plant experts to gather for the sixth annual Midwest Perennial Plant Symposium

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December 16, 2019

On February 1, leading plant experts and writers from the United States and Canada will share their extensive knowledge about perennial plants for the landscape during the 2020 Midwest Perennial Plant Association Symposium at The Morton Arboretum. 

Presented in partnership between the Perennial Plant Association and the Arboretum, the full-day conference is open to professionals in the horticulture field, avid home gardeners and anyone interested in the selection and care of perennial plants to prepare for the 2020 growing season.

Presenters will speak on how plants can be selected and combined to be great garden companions and to support pollinators and other beneficial insects. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet well-known authors and leave with ideas and inspiration.

Speakers will include:

Jessica Walliser, author and radio co-host, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Understanding the cycle of predator and prey is an integral part of growing organically. Using information assembled for her award-winning book, “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control,” Walliser shines a light on the methods needed to attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps, to the garden.

Brent Horvath, Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Hebron, Illinois
Horvath, owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, grower, breeder, gardener and author, has bred and selected native cultivars for more than 20 years. Those who attend the symposium will hear about some of his favorites and what sets them apart.

Chris Fehlhaber, Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, Pennsylvania
The primary purpose of Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania is for guests to leave in a better mood than when they arrived. To help achieve this, Fehlhaber will address changing the collective approach and mindset from that of doing yard work to developing a practice of gardening for pleasure.

Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden
Zammit draws on his more than 25 years of experience and his passion for plant shape, texture, foliage, color and ornamental value in exploring how to create a lush shade garden.

Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD, Janesville, Wisconsin
Dwyer will discuss a wide range of woody and herbaceous plants, including new selections, while also examining how to best combine them in a landscape.

The conference is $125. Reduced pricing is available for those who belong to The Morton Arboretum or the Perennial Plant Association. Break and lunch sponsorships also available.