Tuesday Education

The 2019 Perennial Plant Association National Symposium is in conjunction with All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau.  The “Core Symposium” includes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and features two days of education, 3 amazing tour options on Wednesday, and two dinners at spectacular Chicago gardens!

 

Tuesday Symposium Education

-Part of the AAS/NGB 2-day registration option

Tuesday, July 30

7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Part of the Core Symposium Registration or register for the day.

Core Symposium Member Registration: $539 Early-Bird / $589 Regular Rate

Core Symposium Non-Member Registration: $809 Early-Bird / $859 Regular Rate

Tuesday Only Member Registration: $209 Early-Bird Rate / $319 Regular Rate

Tuesday Only Non-Member Registration: $319 Early-Bird Rate / $369 Regular Rate

 

Tuesday education sponsored by the Millennium Park Foundation and Lurie Garden

 

History of Horticulture in Chicago

Cathy Jean Maloney

Once maligned as a swampy outpost, the fledgling city of Chicago brazenly adopted the motto Urbs in Horto, or City in a Garden, in 1837. Cathy Jean Maloney will show how this upstart town earned its sobriquet, from the first vegetable plots at Fort Dearborn to innovative garden designs at the 1933 World’s Fair.

Challenged by the region’s clay soil, harsh winters, and fierce winds, Chicago’s pioneering horticulturalists found imaginative uses for hardy prairie plants. This same creative spirit thrived in the city’s local fruit and vegetable markets, encouraging the growth of what would become the nation’s produce hub. The vast plains that surrounded Chicago, meanwhile, inspired early landscape architects, such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jens Jensen, and O.C. Simonds, to new heights of grandeur.  

The real stars of the city’s horticultural history are the plants themselves.  Fads and fashions prevailed in the growth of plants over history, and today we see many old-fashioned plants becoming popular again. See how Chicago helped create the market for plants, and consider how this affects us today.

About the Speaker:

Cathy Jean Maloney is a lifelong Chicago area resident and garden historian.  After twenty-plus years as a corporate consultant, Cathy began her second career in communications.  As Senior Editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, she researches and writes about hundreds of private and public gardens.  She is the author of five books on horticultural history.

 

Keynote - Hummelo to Belle Isle: A Life in Gardens

Piet Oudolf

photo credit: Robin Carlson Dong

Oudolf will present on how he came to be a garden designer, his years of running a perennial plant nursery with his wife, Anja, and the people who inspired them. Using his own colorful photography, he will tell the story of his ever evolving style through highlights of his past and current projects. Always, plants are at the center of these relationships and of Piet’s work!  

About the Speaker:

Piet Oudolf started his landscape and garden design practice with his wife Anja in 1976 in Haarlem.  In 1982, they moved to Hummelo in the eastern part of the Netherlands to start a nursery growing rare, hard to find, and unusual but garden worthy perennials.  The nursery was mainly run by Anja while Piet’s work became well-known by the more radical ideas shown in publications about the Hummelo garden.  After 1986, Piet picked up garden and planting design again.

Piet Oudolf’s work can be found throughout the world, including in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, England, Ireland, Italy, Canada, and the United States.  In the United States, his designs include Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago; a horticultural master plan for ‘The Battery’, planting design for the ‘High Line’, planting design for the Goldman Sachs headquarters, and the landscape for the New Whitney Museum in New York; a residential design on Nantucket Island; and, opening in 2019, a garden design on Belle Isle, Detroit.

Piet has won countless awards, including a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, an award of distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Garden Designers, among many others.  His publications include Desiging with Grasses (with Michael King), Dreamplants for the Natural Garden and Planting for the Natural Garden (both with Henk Gerritsen), Gardens of the High Line and Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes (both with Rick Darke and Lorraine Ferguson), as well as several books with Noel Kingsbury: Designing with Plants, Planting Design ‘Planting in Time and Space,’ Landscapes in Landscapes, Planting ‘A New Perspective,’ and Oudolf-Hummelo.

 

The Seasons of Lurie: Maintaining Naturalistic Landscapes

Laura Ekasetya

Lurie Garden’s naturalistic planting style connects visitors to an elemental feeling of looking out at a wild prairie or meadow, but at a scale that works for a highly visited park in an urban area. This presentation shows how a resilient Piet Oudolf planting is managed for beauty and ecological benefit.

About the speaker:

Laura joined Lurie Garden in early 2011 as a horticulturist to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf's perennial plant design after tending to perennials under research evaluation at the Chicago Botanic Garden. After attending the public opening of Millennium Park in 2004, she visited often watching the garden grow from a field of gallon sized plants to a tapestry of color and texture. Laura moved to become the director of Lurie Garden in 2017 yet still enjoys stalking insects, birds, and other creatures that make the garden their home. She enjoys helping out with community gardens throughout the city and hiking the Indiana Dunes and marshes of the Calumet region. 

 

Riding the New Dutch Wave : A Panel Discussion

Piet Oudolf, Laura Ekasetya, Roy Diblik, Austin Eischeid

Moderated by: Scott Stewart

Naturalistic planting styles, such as those influenced by Piet Oudolf, are inspirational and supportive of local ecology, but they fail aesthetically without thoughtful design and a sensible maintenance plan. What is the future of this popular movement in perennial design that celebrates wildness in plant selection?

About Piet

Piet Oudolf started his landscape and garden design practice with his wife Anja in 1976 in Haarlem.  In 1982, they moved to Hummelo in the eastern part of the Netherlands to start a nursery growing rare, hard to find, and unusual but garden worthy perennials.  Piet Oudolf’s work can be found throughout the world, including in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, England, Ireland, Italy, Canada, and the United States.  In the United States, his designs include Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago; a horticultural master plan for ‘The Battery’, planting design for the ‘High Line’, planting design for the Goldman Sachs headquarters, landscape design for the New Whitney Museum in New York, a residential design on Nantucket Island; and, opening in 2019, a garden design on Belle Isle, Detroit.

About Laura

Laura joined Lurie Garden in early 2011 as a horticulturist to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf's perennial plant design after tending to perennials under research evaluation at the Chicago Botanic Garden. After attending the public opening of Millennium Park in 2004, she visited often watching the garden grow from a field of gallon sized plants to a tapestry of color and texture. Laura moved to become the director of Lurie Garden in 2017 yet still enjoys stalking insects, birds, and other creatures that make the garden their home. She enjoys helping out with community gardens throughout the city and hiking the Indiana Dunes and marshes of the Calumet region. 

About Roy

Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

About Austin

An independent garden design consultant, based in Chicago. An Iowa native with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University. Austin specializes in designing dynamic naturalistic plantings using strong perennials and grasses with all season interest.

About Scott

Scott serves as the Executive Director of Millennium Park Foundation and is deeply passionate about the value and role of public space. His goal is to create free, open, and culturally representative experiences for people in public spaces of artistic and architectural significance. Scott has previously held positions with Lurie Garden, Park District of Oak Park, Morton College, Kankakee Community College, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He is extensively published on topics ranging from the evolving roles of public gardens and parks to rare plant species propagation and conservation. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Illinois College.

 

 Growing for Large Jobs

Roy Diblik

Since 1978 Roy has grown over 7,000,000 perennials and native plants without heated greenhouses. His production style is based on purpose, costs, simplicity, effectiveness and the joy of doing. As creative plant design moves forward these projects require limited plant substitutions and economical strategies. Roy will share his basic practices and their relationship to the beneficial periods of seasonal project planting.

About the Speaker:

Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

 

New to the Market Forum

Sponsored by J. Berry

Our New to the Market Forum is a National Symposium highlight. This is an invaluable opportunity for breeders and plant dealers from around the world to present their best and brightest to the industry while in Chicago. Attendees can't wait to see what you have to offerIn addition to being shown at the Forum, photos and descriptions of entries will appear in the PPA newsletter in the following months. CLICK HERE to learn more about the New to Market Form and download an entry form.

 

AAS-NGB Tour

All-America Selections/National Garden Bureau attendees will participate in the morning education sessions then depart midday for tours at The Gardens at Ball and Cantigny, followed by their Awards Banquet at Cantigny.

Thank you to our AAS-NGB Tour and Banquet Sponsors: 

  • Bejo Seeds
  • PanAmerican Seed
  • Sakata
  • Syngenta

 

Also on Tuesday:

  •  All-America Selections Awards Presented
  •  Perennial Plant Association Awards Presented
  •  Perennial Plant Foundation Scholarship Recipients Introduced
  •  Trade Show Open
  •  Silent Auction benefitting the Perennial Plant Foundation

 Plus, connect with fellow perennial plant folks at the Evening Trade Show Social

5:15 - 6:30PM • on the trade show floor

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