Winter Seminar 2017-06-19T19:07:00+00:00

Winter Seminar

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Perennial Plant Association & Horticultural Society of Maryland present:

Perennially Inspired!

A day-long seminar with horticultural experts

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Welcome remarks: 8:45 a.m.
Program of speakers: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NEW Happy Hour: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., $20, register with payment in advance

The Conference Center At Sheppard Pratt
6501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 3 – Space is limited, register today!

$105 for Members; $125 after February 3
$125 for Non-members; $145 after February 3
Deadline for registration is February 14. No registrations at the door.

Cancellations: Refunds will be made, less a 20% processing fee, if cancelled prior to January 30, 2017. No refunds after that date.

One CEU available from Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse, Assoc. —Certified Professional Horticulturist

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Morning Session – 9:00 a.m.

Native Plants And Design

John is the creator and host of the Native Plant Podcast ( John specializes in the use of native plants, but is also known for his work with stone and water. These “earthly” elements combine to create a natural landscape that enhances not only the home of the landscape, but the surrounding area as well.

John Magee is the owner of Magee Design in Middleburg, VA.

Building Today’s Landscapes With Grasses And Sedges

Grasses and sedges are building blocks for today’s ecologically sound landscapes. Through vibrant images and specific examples, Shannon will show how grasses and sedges contribute to better landscapes. You’ll also get best practices for choosing, using and caring for them.

Shannon Currey is a horticulturalist at Hoffman Nursery in Rougemont, N.C.

Gravel Gardens

At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Jeff oversees the horticultural operations and garden designs of inspirational display gardens.  He and his staff have practiced and preached sustainable gardening for years, and it is reflected in their environmentally friendly cultural practices and innovative award-winning garden designs.

Jeff Epping is the Director of Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI.

Lunch Break – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session – 1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

A Season Of Inspiration:  Nine Months At Chanticleer

Chris will share his insider’s view of the inner workings of this complex garden. From the first flush of spring bulbs to the last gasp of autumn foliage, the garden and its gardeners are always unique and vivacious. A lot happens in a season, from planting bulbs to overwintering tropicals and building Hugelkultur beds; every task comes together to make the magic happen at “America’s Most Inspiring Garden.”

Chris Fehlhaber is a horticulturalist at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA.

The Power Of Four Inches

Carrie, the 2016 Association of Professional Landscape Designers Designer of the Year, is based in Amersfoort, Netherlands where she “designs small gardens that live large.” She was selected to design a garden for the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show—one that she will install the week after the seminar. In her presentation Carrie will share her strategies for working in compact spaces, starting with a coherent design narrative. She will discuss tactics to make a space feel bigger and work more efficiently, and show the dramatic effect of how small changes in elevation can have major impact.

Carrie Preston is a landscape designer in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

HAPPY HOUR – 4 – 5 p.m.  (Additional fee of $20)

If you’d like more time to chat with your fellow plant geeks, plan to stay for a post-conference Happy Hour to enjoy a beverage, light snacks and lively conversation. Please register in advance.

Many thanks to our 2017 seminar Sponsors:

With special thanks to our Winter Seminar partner:

The Perennial Plant Association

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