Friday, September 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Hunnewell Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Katie Folts 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

Northeast Region
Perennial Plant Symposium

Northeast Region Perennial Plant Association Symposium

September 8, 2017

 Mass Hort’s The Gardens at Elm Bank

 Wellesley, Massachusetts

Presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society & 
the Perennial Plant Association


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If you are unable to complete your registration, please contact Katie Folts at 617-933-4973. 



8:00 am to 8:45 am Registration

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Container Design Trends and the Best New Container Varieties
Presented by Barbara Pierson, White Flower Farm

Every year at White Flower Farm we trial more than 85 new varieties specifically bred for container performance both in our display gardens and at home. Join Barb for an insiders’ view of how the latest varieties really perform both in the greenhouse and outdoors in containers and raised beds. From Artemisia to Zinnia, the focus is on flower power, texture and foliage. The latest designs and introductions for 2018 will be shown from recent photo shoots. Herbs, veggies, tropicals and perennials all act as important design elements in this comprehensive coverage of containers.

10:00 am to 10:30 am Break

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Planting The Year Round Pollinator Garden
Presented by Karen Bussolini

There is a growing awareness that pollinators are important, and that they’re in trouble. We know that pollinators need flowers and that they are responsible for much of the food we eat, but we’re maybe a little vague on the details. Pollinators, particularly insect pollinators, do need flowers – lots of flowers, and the right kinds of flowers – so diversity and quantity are big factors. But let’s back up a bit. Why are there flowers in the first place? And for that matter, why are there fruits and berries? Surely they didn’t evolve just for human pleasure and sustenance. There’s more to it, and it’s a fascinating story of interrelationships. 

Some pollinators are better at the job than others, just as some flowers are more valuable food sources. Bees and other insects are key – they give a snapshot of the health of the entire ecosystem. Like all living things, they need good habitat – nesting places, resting places, hibernation sites, mating opportunities, and food and water, all in a non-toxic environment.

This is not a bee i.d. presentation, its about best plants and practices. Gardeners are uniquely able to support the entire life cycle of beneficial insects and other pollinators. Good plant choices and land care, coupled with simple awareness of the living world buzzing all around us make all the difference. After all, we’re not just cultivating flowers, we’re cultivating habitat.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Enjoy lunch and an opportunity to stroll the gardens.
Join us for a brief session on garden maintainence tips by Mary Anne Brady of Cranesbill Nursery, and David Fiske, Mass Hort's Gardens Curator.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Succulent Love
Presented by Katherine Tracey, Avant Gardens
Practically carefree, with low water needs and available in amazing forms in nuanced colors which mix and match beautifully… that’s why succulents have been the rage in horticulture in recent years. Katherine will share some of her favorite ways of using both hardy and tender succulents in northeastern gardens, including using them as ingredients in mixed planters, vertical gardens and lately as the subject of long lasting cut material for floral arrangements.

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Break
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Designing a Meadow Garden with New England Native Plants
Presented by Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Linden L.A.N.D. Group

Join Rebecca as she walks through the process of designing, installing and maintaining meadow gardens that serve as an interface between the built and natural, are modeled on regional native plant communities, are rich in biodiversity, low in maintenance, and still legible as intentional designs. She will discuss two different meadows that Linden L.A.N.D. Group designed and installed in Vermont: one 12,500 square feet, and one 2,800 square feet. You'll have access to plant lists, designs and inside knowledge of lessons learned.


3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Perennial Herbs and Vegetables to Inspire 5 Senses
Presented by Hannah Traggis, Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Vegetable Gardening is experiencing a renaissance not paralleled since the Victory Gardens of World War II in America. Perennial herbs and vegetables have a long history in New England. For centuries, they helped to provide home gardeners and farmers with healthy food, beverage and income throughout the year and today we are seeing a resurgence in a local foods movement. As gardeners look for sustainable lawn alternatives and drought tolerant plants, perennial herbs and vegetables provide meaningful connections to history and ecology. By selling and planting them today, perennials create a living legacy of heirloom and native plants that can endure for generations. They also provide hardy plants that beckon to look, taste, touch, smell and listen to the landscape!