2021 Woody Plant Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

  • Webinar Opens

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    Webinar opens with slides from Woody Plant Conference Sponsoring Institutions

  • Welcome

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    Welcome from Woody Plant Conference committee

  • Southern Comfort: Southeastern Trees and Shrubs for a Warming Mid-Atlantic - Bill Cullina

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    Native trees, shrubs, and vines are not only beautiful and versatile, they are cornerstones of local ecosystems, offering food and shelter for a host of birds, mammals, and insects. However, many of the native species we are familiar with are no longer good landscape choices as the climate changes. Thirty years ago, in Southeastern Pennsylvania, southern magnolias barely survived the winter and sugar maples lined suburban streets. Now, the magnolias are a common sight while once stately maples are rapidly dying from heat stress and drought. We must be proactive, promoting and planting species that will thrive in this new environment. In this talk, Bill will showcase some less well known but beautiful natives that show great promise in a rapidly warming Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. A ten minutes Q&A will follow the presentation.

  • Break

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  • Japanese Americans and Their Plants Introductions: A Brief Look - Eric Hsu

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    When we reflect on the origins of our garden plants, we often recognize the plant hunting exploits overseas in east Asia. However, the stories of our garden plants can be found on our shores as immigrants who sought better opportunities in the United States brought with them the plants evocative of the homes they left. The Japanese Americans played a large role in enriching our gardens. A ten minutes Q&A will follow the last Gardener\'s Voice presentations; Eric Hsu, Hasan Malik, and Leah Blanton.

  • How to Select Trees That Will Thrive - Hasan Malik

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    Trees have fascinated Hasan Malik for as long as he can remember. He started Tree Northeast, a non-profit that has planted over 1,000 trees throughout Northeast Philadelphia. He also founded Tree Authority, a nursery and tree care company that stocks over 200 varieties of trees including a diverse selection of natives. His talk focuses on what to look for when selecting nursery-grown trees so they have the best chance to survive in the landscape. A ten minutes Q&A will follow the last Gardener\'s Voice presentations; Eric Hsu, Hasan Malik, and Leah Blanton.

  • Connecting People with Plants: Revitalizing Urban Spaces through Horticulture - Leah Blanton

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    Leah will be discussing the unique opportunity the PHS Public Landscapes team has in Philadelphia to infuse underutilized sites with interesting plantings, push a naturalistic aesthetic that highlights natives and biodiversity, and create dynamic spaces for people to interact with the city in new ways. She will provide an overview of the teams\\\' projects, the design approach to public planting and installation, and discuss the staple plants that we rely on to perform in tough conditions. A ten minutes Q&A will follow the last Gardener\'s Voice presentations; Eric Hsu, Hasan Malik, and Leah Blanton.

  • Break

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  • A Park in Six Trees - Georgia Silvera Seamans

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    The land on which Washington Square Park sits supported an oak-tuliptree forest before the park was established in 1827. Red oak and tuliptree remain part of the park\'s canopy though they were intentionally planted. The approximately 30 tree species in this patch of urban forest in downtown Manhattan reflect the ecological past as well as our plant love. Georgia will explore the changes in this 9.75-acre landscape, and urban forests in general, through the lens of six tree species. A ten minutes Q&A will follow the presentation.

  • Closing Comments

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  • Happy Hour

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    For those who have registered for Happy Hour, a separate link to join will be emailed to you.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College
500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081