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    7:30-9:00 am  

Registration and Coffee


7:45-8:45 am


Early Riser Tours of Scott Arboretum

    9:00-9:10 am  


CLAIRE SAWYERS, director of the scott arboretum

    9:10-10:10 am  

Wild and Designed: Evocative Landscapes for Hearts and Minds

Ed Ikin

Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden: 535-acres of woodland, meadows and water, complementing fine ornamental horticulture. The Great Storm of 1987 was a dramatic moment in Wakehurst’s history, felling 10,000 trees in one night. From this disaster came an inspired response: The Temperate Woodlands of the World, evoking the forests of Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere, filled with trees wild-collected by Wakehurst Horticulturists. Ed will explore the power and potential of large-scale, naturalistic woody planting, the power it has over our psyche and the genetic potential that can be embedded within the collection, connecting to Kew’s global plant conservation program.

    10:10-10:35 am  

Break: Book and Raffle Ticket Sales

    10:35-11:25 am  

The Rutgers Woody Ornamentals Breeding Program: Exciting Progress in Cornus and Corylus

Thomas molnar

The Rutgers University Woody Ornamental Breeding Program began in 1960 under the direction of Dr. Elwin Orton, whose focus was largely hollies and dogwoods. In total, nearly 40 cultivars were released from his program, of which many have become standards in the landscape industry. Starting in 2008, efforts were bolstered to develop novel pink-bracted kousa dogwoods as well as to incorporate the existing Rutgers hazelnut breeding program into one cohesive tree program. Recent breeding efforts, interesting plants in the pipeline, and new and upcoming cultivar releases will be discussed.

    11:25 am-12:15 pm  

Plant Exploration with a Purpose

Scott mcmahan

Scott McMahan will briefly summarize the amazing work of David Fairchild and his crew during the early part of the 20th century and how it relates to the International Plant Exploration Program at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG).

While Fairchild and his team had only the very best intentions for improving agriculture and ornamental horticulture in the US during their expeditions, without proper regulations or evaluation plots in place back home they were also unknowingly introducing new pests and diseases.

Scott will highlight the successes of Fairchild's work, describe some of the most promising recent collections ABG is now working with, as well as explain the importance of proper evaluation techniques being put into place at ABG to test all of the new germplasm he has collected in China, India, and Vietnam over the past 18 years.

    12:15-1:15 pm  

Lunch: Book and Raffle Ticket Sales

    1:15-2:05 pm  

Opportunistic Plant Selection


Developing and introducing new plant cultivars is often thought of as an advanced horticultural pursuit by scientists in white lab coats or persons with a high-level understanding of plant genetics. Michael will show you that this isn’t always the case. Anyone can select a new plant cultivar. It is just a matter of understanding and recognizing the plant selection opportunities when they present themselves. He will tell stories about the many introductions he has selected and how they have presented themselves to him over his 35+ years as a nurseryman.

    2:05-2:50 pm  

Sustainable Tapping Guidelines for Modern Maple Sap Collection Practices


Back when gravity was used to collect maple sap, a set of voluntary tapping guidelines was developed. Since then, tapping equipment and procedures have advanced, more than doubling extraction rates. Research conducted by the University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center has resulted in updated tapping guidelines and best practices that will ensure sustainable, long-term annual sap collection from maple trees – benefitting both the trees and the producers.

    2:50 - 3:15 pm  

Break: Last Chance to Buy Books and Raffle Tickets

    3:15 - 3:25 pm  

Raffle Winner Anouncements

    3:25-4:25 pm  

Ensuring the Future of Trees in Cities, Communities, and Nature

Gerard DonnElly

Trees provide a wide array of essential benefits to people, communities, and the environment, but they face myriad threats in our local communities and across the globe. Arboreta, botanical gardens, and other conservation organizations are taking action to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban forests, in seed banks and conservation collections, and in nature. To be successful, these initiatives need the support and participation of individual citizens, professionals in the green industry, business, and other organizations to ensure that trees continue to help sustain a high quality of life on Earth.

    4:25 - 4:30 pm  

Closing Comments

    4:30-5:30 pm  


Mix and mingle with speakers and horticulture professionals. An additional $20 fee required. Space is limited.

    5:45 pm  

Last shuttle leaves for Springfield Mall