Garden and Landscape Symposium

Landscape professionals and home gardeners are invited to join us for a one-day educational horticulture event.
Garden and Landscape Symposium - Workshops
Language: English
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When: Sat., Apr. 27, 2019
(8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Where: Shady Side Academy Senior School
423 Fox Chapel Rd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238
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registration deadline: April 19, 2019
11:59 p.m.

The Garden and Landscape Symposium is a premiere annual horticultural event with professional speakers discussing the latest in horticulture. Landscape professionals and home gardeners will hear national and regionally acclaimed speakers discussing the latest issues and trends in horticulture.

Featured Speakers

  • Tony Avent travels the world in search of rare plants to offer at Plant Delights, his North Carolina nursery, and he has discovered garden-worthy native plants on more than 43 expeditions in North America. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Tony was a student of the famed horticulture professor J.C. Raulston, who fostered his quest for the newest and best garden plants. Tony’s reputation for irreverent humor and absurd content is all in pursuit of nurturing a love of plants. He writes extensively for magazines, newspapers, and the Internet, and he is a contributing editor to Horticulture magazine. Tony has also appeared on many television shows, including multiple appearances on Martha Stewart Living.

  • Jennifer Bartley, RLA, ASLA, is a licensed landscape architect with a master’s degree from Ohio State University. She is the founder and principal of the landscape architecture firm American Potager and the author of Designing the New Kitchen Garden and The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook published by Timber Press. She has written for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and Birds and Blooms. In addition to her design work, Jennifer lectures around the country on seasonal, sustainable, and edible garden design. Her own Ohio garden is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Country Gardens.


  • Perennials: What's New, Exciting, Overlooked
  • Designing the New Kitchen Garden
  • Conservation of Our Urban Forest Health
  • Landscaping in Drifts of One
  • Green Gardens, Clean Water: Managing Rain Where It Falls

Garden Marketplace

Once again this year, the event’s indoor Garden Marketplace will offer new, unique, and hard-to-find perennials, annuals, fruit and vegetable plants and shrubs, garden books, tools and accessories.

Credit Information

The Symposium qualifies for continuing education from the following professional organizations. (Full credit requires attendance at all sessions.)

  • American Society of Landscape Architects - 5 CEUs
  • Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist - 5 CEUs
  • Penn State Master Gardeners - 5 CEUs
  • ISA Certified Arborist – 3 CEUs


Saturday, April 27, 2019

08:00 am Registration

09:00 am Welcome

09:15 am Perennials: What's New, Exciting, Overlooked Tony Avent is on a mission to change the way America gardens. He considers it a duty to discover the most interesting landscape plants in the world and bring them to market. If you have a real love for a passion for rare and interesting perennials, Tony is full of ideas about the best, the newest and the strangest, and he's not shy about sharing.

10:45 am Designing the New Kitchen Garden The French have always understood the connection between what was growing in the garden and being served at the table, even in medieval times. Jardin potager literally means “a garden for the soup pot.” It is a seasonal garden with fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables growing beautifully together. Jennifer shares her vision for how we can borrow design ideas from the French and create our own bit of paradise with something to nibble on or gather for flower arrangements every day of the year.

11:45 am Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm Conservation of Our Urban Forest Health We value an urban environment rich with trees for its aesthetics and environmental benefits. But little work has been done to understand urban tree genetic diversity and its long-term impact. Cynthia will discuss the results of her research on Pittsburgh area London plane trees, red maples and hollies. Learn how these findings can be used to inform and improve practices for maintaining a robust tree landscape for the future.

01:45 pm Landscaping in Drifts of One Most landscapers stick to the rule of planting in masses: threes, fives, fifties, hundreds. Tony Avent believes in breaking the rules--encouraging gardeners to plant in drifts of one. Tony will show how thinking outside the box and using a wider variety of plants can create more interesting and stimulating landscapes. Free yourself from gardening-by-the-book and get excited about plants again!

02:50 pm Green Gardens, Clean Water: Managing Rain Where It Falls As our landscapes change, it has an impact on the health of our streams and rivers. What to do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity and quality of the rainfall that enters our waterways. Rainwater washes pollutants off of paved surfaces, lawns and bare soils into storm drains that lead to streams and rivers. Vinnie will show how well designed, functional landscapes and gardens are helping manage rain where it falls.

03:50 pm Concluding Remarks


Urban Forestry Arboriculture Green Infrastructure Urban Stormwater Management

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