Master Gardener Garden & Landscape Symposium

The Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania is a premiere annual horticultural event with professional speakers discussing the latest in horticulture.
Master Gardener Garden & Landscape Symposium - Workshops
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When: Sat., Apr. 28, 2018
(8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Where: Shady Side Academy Senior School
423 Fox Chapel Rd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238

registration deadline: April 19, 2018
11:59 p.m.

The Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania is a premiere annual horticultural event with professional speakers discussing the latest in horticulture.

The Garden Marketplace

The Garden Marketplace offers attendees, as well as the general public, the opportunity to shop for new and unique plants and garden accessories from local nurseries and businesses. The Marketplace runs concurrently in the ice skating rink, just across the street from the Hillman Center. The Marketplace has become very popular with garden enthusiasts, and because it is free and open to the public, it draws many shoppers from across the area. The Daffodil and Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts the annual Daffodil Show, featuring the region's best blooms, and invites anyone growing daffodils to enter them for judging.

Credit Information

The following credits are pending approval:

  • ASLA (5.5 Credits)
  • Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) (5.5 Credits)
  • Penn State Master Gardeners CEUs (5.5 hours)


Saturday, April 28, 2018

* General Agenda *

08:00 am Garden Marketplace at Shady Side Ice Rink

08:30 am Registration / Continental breakfast at Hillman Center for Performing Arts

09:00 am Welcome / Introductions

09:15 am Taming Wildflowers: From Seed to Vase – A Celebration, Guide & Users Manual This inspirational workshop is a seductive celebration of wildflowers featuring lush photos from the author’s 100 acre flower farm. Attendees will learn how-to grow native wildflowers from seed and how to incorporate wildflowers into their gardens to support pollinators. They will also learn how to harvest fresh-cut flowers for longest vase life.

10:30 am Daffodil Show

01:45 pm The Reel History of Lawn in North America: Transcending Traditional Turf The typical North American lawn’s notorious as an ecological nightmare is well founded. Until recently there was an underlying assumption that shallow rooted, sod lawns, dependent as they are on endless mowing, fertilizing and watering must be endured. This presentation examines the ecological, economic and aesthetic implications of our obsession with turf and shares easy, site-specific turf alternatives.

02:50 pm Human Nature : Urban Ecology Spontaneous urban ecosystems are the ultimate manifestation of the dynamic conflict between humans and nature--between our desire for neat, orderly landscapes on the one hand and our fear of messy ecological chaos on the other. This presentation will focus on the plants, especially trees that grow without cultivation in cities and their remarkable ability to flourish in spite of stressful environmental conditions. Cities—along with the plants and animals they support—can be considered "novel" ecosystems that not only reflect a tumultuous past but also preview of an unpredictable future. For better or worse, the spontaneous vegetation that inhabits our cities is as cosmopolitan as its people and, quite frankly, better adapted to their changing environmental conditions than the native species that once grew there. Like it or not, this “brave new ecology” has become the new normal in many cities, and people should recognize the contributions it makes in cleaning up the mess we’ve made of the planet.

04:00 pm Concluding Remarks

Track B

10:45 am Garden Marketplace & Daffodil Show

11:30 am Lunch (hot buffet lunch included)

12:30 pm The Penn State Flower Trials: 85 Years Young Join Sinclair Adam, Penn State Flower Trials Director, to learn about the history of this long standing, internationally recognized program, and the development of the Penn State Flower Trials in the recent past. Sinclair will cover the impact of 3-year in-ground perennial trials, the development of collaborative sites, and the program requirements for continued success in the future, and the contribution of Penn State Master Gardeners to the program. We will visit some other trials sites, in and out of PA, and look at the ‘Big Picture’ of floricultural breeding and marketing worldwide, in the exciting and dynamic field of floriculture.

Track A

10:45 am Soil! – What it is & How it works It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know!

12:00 pm Garden Marketplace & Daffodil Show

12:45 pm Lunch (hot buffet lunch included)


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