The Woody Plant Conference was created to educate, prompt, and stimulate conversation about woody plants in our landscapes
As a result of the success of the Perennial Plant Conference, the sponsoring institutions recognized a need to educate and promote the use of woody plants. The outstanding woody plant collections and knowledge base of the sponsoring institutions, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Longwood Gardens, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Tyler Arboretum, and the Morris Arboretum of University of Pennsylvania, made the creation of a woody plant conference a logical fit. The annually held conference began in 1996. In 2003, Chanticleer also became a sponsoring institution.
The Woody Plant Conference was created to educate, prompt, and stimulate conversation about woody plants in our landscapes among nursery and garden center personnel, landscape designers, horticulturists, and keen gardeners. Each year the committee chooses experienced, knowledgeable speakers to share their interest and knowledge of woody plants.
The committee attempts to create a balanced conference by selecting lectures for all members of our audience. The committee members strive to effectively address commercial/retail issues, take an in-depth look at specific genera of woody plants, explore how to use woody plants in the landscape, as well as practical issues like pest and disease management.
The Woody Plant Conference provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends and concerns about woody plants as well as an opportunity to meet other woody plant advocates and share experiences.