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Tuesday Symposium Schedule
*Tuesday, August 4
7:45 AM Welcome - Christa Steenwyk, President, Perennial Plant Association
7:50 AM Cultivating the Next Generation of Green Collar Career Professionals – What Are You Doing to Help? - Paul Redman, President & CEO, Longwood Gardens
8:50 AM Horticultural History of Lancaster and Greater Philadelphia Gardens - Kirk Brown, National Outreach Coordinator, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
A new historical narration of the great horticultural riches in and surrounding Lancaster County. Drawing on a strong German heritage, the early settlers expanded on what was already a thriving trade in ornamental, agricultural, and medicinal plants from Philadelphia. From Quakers to the Amish, plants were viewed as part of God’s great gifts to humankind. Join Henry Muhlenberg as he introduces 250 years of plants in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
9:15 AM Grow Your Digital Presence - Jourdan Cole, Digital Media Manager & Content Creator, Garden Media Group
Colorful variegation and striking design elements make plants a favorite for social media. While strong visual content gives people a reason to follow, like and comment, there's more to achieving success than great pictures. Find out how purpose, narrative and timing can shape your social media strategy while also learning how to build a relevant and passion-driven story around the messages you share.
10:15 AM Break, Trade Show, Silent Auction
11:15 AM Hyper-functional Planting for Successful Stormwater Management - Claudia West, Author, Co-Founder, Phyto Studio
In every seed is a story of adaptation and survival, as well as its human connection; in every story, adventure, discovery, and a bit of awe for the incredible beauty and intelligence of the plant world. As a breeder of new selected seed strains, Jelitto welcomes nature's adaptation, partnering to make new forms available to gardeners around the world. Listen in as Mary tells these stories, weaves them together and draws you in for a unique and insightful session.
Using his book, Understanding Perennials as a starting point, Bill Cullina tackles the thorny subject of garden design in a completely different way. In this fun and information filled talk he explores such things as the reasons for big leaves, variegation, red foliage and flowers and ways to create more satisfying designs without breaking the budget. He looks at life beyond the color wheel, the importance of healthy soil and reveals some of his best horticultural secrets while weaving together aesthetics, psychology, botany, and ecology into a fascinating one hour ride.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Trade Show Social, Silent Auction
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM Movie Night Out - Zoetropolis Cinema private screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf - limited to 120 people!
*Schedules are subject to change.