2021 Woody Plant Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

  • Registration & Coffee

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  • Early Riser Tours of Scott Arboretum

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  • Welcome

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    Claire Sawyers, Director, Scott Arborteum

  • Southern Comfort: Native Trees, Shurbs, and Vines for a Warmer Future - 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. We must be proactive, promoting and planting species that will thrive in this new environment. In this talk, Bill will showcase some unfamiliar but beautiful natives that show great promise in a rapidly warming Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

  • Break

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    Book & Raffle Ticket Sales

  • Conserving Tomorrow's Canopy: Safeguarding Trees for Our Future - Kim Shearer

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    The Morton Arboretum is a leader in tree advocacy, conservation, research, and development. While traditional conservation focuses on the recovery, reestablishment, and safeguarding of plants that are listed and recognized as in need of protection, the Arboretum also supports efforts in proactive conservation measures to ensure the future of a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Kim will present the many efforts the Arboretum is engaged in through new plant development, plant exploration, research, and outreach in its effort to conserve the canopy of our forests, both natural and urban.

  • Ethical Foraging and Its Impact on Edible Landscapes - Tama Matsuoka Wong

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    Tama will demonstrate how the diverse flavors of wild, uncultivated woody plants at the nation’s premiere restaurants could transform how designers and gardeners conceive of edible landscapes. She will discuss how ethical foraging (wild farming) of invasive exotics and the untapped flavors of our native flora can influence our plant choices and practices.

  • Lunch

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    Book and Raffle Ticket Sales

  • Gardeners’ Voices – Gold Medal Plants: Go for the Gold

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  • Horticultural Zombies: Myths that Never Die – Linda Chalker Scott

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    Informed gardeners want the latest plant and soil science information to use and pass on, but how do you know what is science and what is pseudoscience? Linda will focus on woody plant care and provide gardeners with some guidelines for evaluating articles, books, and electronic resources objectively. She will use those guidelines to evaluate information on several products and practices of interest to gardeners everywhere.

  • Break

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    Last Chance to Buy Books & Raffle Tickets

  • Raffle Winner Announcements

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  • Climate Change and Resilient Landscapes – Chris Reed

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    This talk will address the contemporary challenges and implications of climate change on urban landscapes. Chris will explore how Frederick Law Olmsted’s work in the 19th century can act as a model for multifunctional urban parks and public landscapes, and how new versions of these parks and park systems might take on climate challenges we face today.

  • Closing Comments

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  • Reception

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    Mix and mingle with speakers and horticulture professionals. Cost: $20

  • Last Shuttle to Springfield Mall Parking Lot

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Registration opens Spring 2021

Friday, July 16, 2021
Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College
500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081