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Woody Plant Conference
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Wed, Jul 25, 2012, 8:30am - 4:45pm
Co-sponsored by: Chanticleer, Longwoods Gardens, Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Scott Arboretum, Tyler Arboretum, and Villanova University
8:30—9:15 am Welcome
8:30—9 am Early Riser’s Tours of Villanova University
9:15—9:30 am Welcome - Kevin O’Donnell, Villanova
University and Julie Jenney, Scott Arboretum
9:30—10:30 am Building a Mountain Bald, Tom Ranney
Plant breeding is an addictive gamble, premised on creativity and design, wrapped in genetic vagaries, with a thick outer enigma of horticulture and gardening - pure fun! Breeding projects at the NC State Mountain Crop Improvement Lab are making great strides in developing new plants with enhanced utility, sustainability, and dazzling garden appeal. In an act of sheer folly, Tom’s “terraforming” project, recreating a mountain bald in his front yard, tests the limits of design,genetics, and his marriage.
10:30—11 am Break
11—-11:45 am Scale Insects: Their Diagnosis, Biology, and Effective Management, Greg Hoover
Scale insects are characterized by the waxy covering that conceals their bodies. They are difficult to manage because this cover serves as a barrier to conventional insecticides. Feeding injury caused by scale insects can cause yellowing or wilting of leaves, stunting of infested plants, even death when infestations are severe. Greg will discuss how to diagnose scale insect damage and suggest how to manage them.
11:45—12:30 pm Garden Inspirations, Andrea Jones
Andrea will share images from inspirational gardens around the world that she has visited over the last 20 years. Examples of little-known private gardens will be considered alongside celebrated public spaces created by some of the very best garden designers. As in her latest book, The Garden Source, her talk will illustrate garden design features divided into sections Connect, Divide, Space and Style.
12:30—1:30 pm Lunch
1:30—2:15 pm Gardeners’ Voices
Three short presentations will include Justin Jackson on roses; Pandora Young on woody edibles; and Andrew Bunting on cut-back shrubs, coppicing and pollarding.
2:15—3 pm 40 Trees and Shrubs You Should Know, by Heart, Heidi Hesselein and Daryl P. Kobesky
Heidi and Daryl will present detailed descriptions of their top choices of the most versatile and rewarding woody plants for our Delaware Valley gardens. In narrowing down their favorites they chose plants based on multi-seasonal appeal, proven longevity in the landscape, and the toughness of a workhorse.
3—3:30 pm Break
3:30—4 pm Mountains of the Heart: The Ancient Appalachians, Scott Weidensaul
The 2,000 mile-long Appalachian Mountain system is one of the oldest and most remarkable ranges in the world. Stretching from the hills of central Alabama to the ice-choked edge of Newfoundland, they harbor fertile hardwood forests alive with wildflowers, weird bogs and subarctic tundra where caribou and even polar bears roam. Scott will explore these ancient hills, depicted in his award-winning book Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians.
4:30—4:45 pm Closing Comments and Raffle
5:15—6:15 pm H appy Hour at Chanticleer ($15 fee. Pre-registration required, space is limited.)
Daryl P. Kobesky joined Pleasant Run Nursery in 2008, where he oversees production, plant selections and facilities, and is a member of the catalog design and sales team. He has also served as superintendent of the Rutgers Gardens and project manager at a New Jersey landscape architecture firm. He has given many presentations at garden centers, trade associations and Rutgers University.
Heidi Hesselein, a certified nursery and landscape professional in New Jersey, joined Princeton Nurseries as a fourth generation nurseryman where she received extensive experience growing and selling a wide range of woody plants. She left Princeton Nurseries to start Pleasant Run Nursery in 1998 with her husband, Richard, to produce garden-worthy woodies and perennials for the wholesale trade. She is a popular lecturer at profession trade associations and public gardens.
Greg Hoover, ornamental extension entomologist, has been responsible for the woody ornamental entomology extension program in the Department of Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University for the past 23 years. He teaches ornamental, forest, and aquatic entomology, and provides diagnosis of insect and mite pests attacking trees and shrubs. He has presented over 800 extension programs, invited guest lectures, short courses, and workshops throughout the region during his tenure at Penn State.
Andrea Jones is one of the world’s leading garden photographers, having specialized in photographing landscape architecture, gardens and plants for almost 20 years. Assignments have taken her around the world and include commissions for landscape architects, garden owners, books, international magazines and newspapers. Her first solo book, Plantworlds (2005), was a fascinating insight into her close-up photography of plants. Andrea was later commissioned to illustrate The Great Gardens of America by Tim Richardson (2008). Most recently The Garden Source (2012) contains almost 800 photographs of gardens around the world. Based in Scotland, Andrea is a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. Her work has been exhibited in both the UK and US. In 2008/9 she was voted Photographer of the Year by the UK’s Garden Media Guild.
Tom Ranney has the good fortune to be a Professor of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. He lives, works, and plays in the mountains of Western North Carolina where he leads a research program at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. His research program focuses on the evaluation, selection, and development of new landscape and bioenergy crops.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Living on the Wind, about bird migration, and Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul. His newest book, The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America, was published in February. Scott writes for such publications as Audubon, Nature Conservancy and Natural Wildlife. He lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.
While usually held at Swarthmore College, in 2012 the Woody Plant Conference will ve held at Villanova University in Villanova, PA
Early bird discount, $99 per person if registration is postmarked by June 18.
For more information
Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501 610-388-1000 ext. 507