Don’t Miss the Western Pennsylvania Garden & Landscape Symposium and Garden Marketplace

PITTSBURGH– The 17th Annual Western Pennsylvania Garden & Landscape Symposium, presented by Penn State Extension, Phipps Conservatory and Shady Side Academy, will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Fox Chapel. Internationally acclaimed educators and authors will treat attendees to an entire day of presentations.

These horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics including Dan Hinkley on Forgotten Elements of Good Design: Texture, Movement and Fragrance and Plant Marriages: Exceptional Combinations of Foliage and Flowers, Ruth Clausen – Shrubs through the Season, Barbara Pleasant – Wiser Living through Gardening: Using Edibles in the Landscape, and Kirk Brown – Small Garden Smarts. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch, as well as plenty of time to shop for plants and garden-related products in the newly expanded Garden Marketplace.

The Garden Marketplace, held in the adjacent Shady Side Academy Ice Rink, is free and open to the public, as well as those registered for the Symposium, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find annuals, perennials and shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, natives, carnivorous plants, bonsai specimens, tools and garden accessories. Browsing and shopping the Garden Marketplace has never been easier, since it is entirely indoors in the ice rink on the Shady Side Senior School campus.

Residents may register for the Symposium by calling Phipps Garden Center at 412-441-4442. The fee is $99 when registering by March 25 or $115 after March 25. There is no charge to visit the Garden Marketplace. For further details, visit  World Wide Web Icon www.landscapesymposium.org.

2012 Symposium Speakers

Kirk Brown is a graduate of Cornell University and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association “Green Achiever” Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania. He serves as business manager of award-winning Joanne Kostecky Garden Design Inc., and is also an author, penning the book Landscape Contractor, which is distributed to high school guidance programs throughout the United States and Canada. Kirk is the secretary and executive committee member for Garden Writers Association. He has been chairman of the Penn State/PLNA winter education conference committee, served on the marketing committee for the American Nursery & Landscape Association and was a judge of major exhibits for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Ruth Rogers Clausen’s Perennials for American Gardens received the 1990 Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association. She has also written for the American Garden Guide series: Perennial Gardening with the New York Botanical Garden, Annual Gardening with the Missouri Botanical Garden and Trees with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Former horticulture editor for Country LivingGardener magazine, she has also contributed to Country Gardens, Horticulture, and Organic Gardening. Ruth was trained in horticulture at Studley College in England and received her M.S. in botany from Kent State University. Since 1976 she has freelanced as a teacher, lecturer and author in the United States and Canada.

Dan Hinkley’s fascination with plants goes back to his childhood in Michigan, where he studied horticulture before moving west to Washington to earn his master’s degree. He writes for numerous horticultural publications and is in high demand as a speaker throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Dan has been awarded the Scott Medal for outstanding national contribution to the science and the art of gardening, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the World Wide Web Icon American Horticultural Society for a lifetime of achievement in education, writing and plant exploration and the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal from the World Wide Web Icon Royal Horticultural Society in England. Founder of the original Heronswood Nursery, he now brings his expertise to Monrovia Growers as well as to several design firms including Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Portico and the Berger Partnership where he serves as horticultural consultant.

Barbara Pleasant is a four-time winner of the Garden Globe Awards given by the Garden Writers Association. Barbara’s 2010 article on organic pest control recently won a FOLIO Eddie award. She has written numerous books on a wide range of subjects from vegetables to weeds. Her newest book Starter Vegetable Gardens leaves no excuse not to grow a beautiful, productive garden filled with vegetables, herbs and flowers. Barbara is a contributing editor for Mother Earth News magazine where she has written the top-rated “Gardening Know-How” column for the past three years.

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