FEBRUARY 4, 2017
This event is SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest. See you in 2018!
Presented by the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum.


The program is presented by the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum.

February 4, 2017

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Program will be held at:

Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum 
4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532



Contact Steven Still
Perennial Plant Association

This event is SOLD OUT.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in 2018. 

Join us Saturday, February 4, 2017, as the Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum team to deliver a day-long symposium entitled, Perennials for a Changing Future.' 

Some of the best writers and creative plantsmen in the business will be there, and you’re invited to listen, learn and ask questions.

APLD will recognize 5 CEU credits for this program.

Registration includes lunch, beverage breaks, admission to the 1700-acre arboretum and five sessions. Registration is still only $95 for members of PPA and/or The Morton Arboretum.
Non-members are welcome to attend for $112. 

The program will be held at the Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle, IL 60532.

8:00 am - 8:45 am - Registration

9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Concepts Behind the “Know Maintenance” Perennial Garden


Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm Burlington, Wisconsin

Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible concerns. By using regionally dependable perennials and native plants, endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each relating to time and cost to maintain. Roy will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants, and nature; always knowing the beauty is in the doing. 

10:00 am - 10:20 am - Break

10:20 am - 11:20 am: Sustainable Gardens: Creating & Maintaining Gravel Gardens

Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens Madison, Wisconsin

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons – they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. People want beautiful gardens, but don’t have the time, nor want to see precious resources like water and energy go into growing them. Jeff Epping and his staff have created gravel gardens at Olbrich that can easily be incorporated into home landscapes. These gardens are
as lush, green, and colorful as any perennial border, but require just a fraction of the labor. Learn how to replace lawns and traditional annual and perennial beds with these sustainable gardens. 

11:20 am - 12:20 pm: Getting Beyond the Bloom

Irvin Etienne, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

We all have a strong tendency to select plants for our gardens based only on their ower power. And there is nothing wrong with that. But it limits the possibilities available to us. With most plants, owering time is very short, maybe only a couple weeks, a month or two with the best. Those same plants’ foliage, on the other hand, can be on display six months or longer. Why not choose more plants based on their foliage power? Plants with gorgeous foliage range from the most tender tropicals to the hardiest perennials and woodies. Colors range from brightest yellow to darkest black, plus all the variegated options. You just may forget all about owers. We’ll be getting beyond the bloom. 

12:20 pm - 1:15 pm: Enjoy lunchtime networking. Lunch included.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: Perennials for Cold Climates

Michael L. Heger, Ambergate Horticultural Consulting, Waconia, Minnesota

As the palette of perennials continues to expand in this country, the task of selecting perennials for the landscape has become very challenging. With gardener’s desires for more and more “new” material, some of the most proven perennials are in danger of being passed over. This lecture will highlight some of these time-tested plants and include speci c mention of some of the most proven species
and cultivars based on decades of experience in USDA hardiness zone 4. 

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Break 

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Redefining Right Place/Right Plant: A Gardener's Ecology

C. Colston Burrell, Garden Designer, Lecturer, Author and Photographer, Free Union, Virginia

Right Plant/Right Place is the gardener’s axiom. We all know these words by heart, but do we really put them to work for us when we design gardens and specify plants. Traditionally, we think of matching soil, water and light, and making sure the plant is the appropriate size for the space. But what about the larger ecological context in which we garden? When we plant a floodplain species in an upland, is it really right plant/right place? Using nature as a model, we explore the adaptations that allow plants to cope with the breadth of conditions Mother Nature can dish out. With nature in mind, we combine site appropriate plants to fashion beautiful gardens.