What’s so exciting about this year’s Horticulture Symposium on Feb. 14. It’s all about shade—inviting, mysterious and at times exasperating—shade!
At Shade Savvy, we are going to dedicate an entire day to discussing a gardening topic that remains difficult to research for adequate, inspiring information, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the launch of the Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium, which honor a benefactor who passed away in November 2012.
Most of the information you can find from quick search recommendations for shady locations results in the same plants—hosta, with a couple varieties of ferns. There is much more available that will perform better and doesn’t require a regular application of deer deterrent and you’ll learn about them at Shade Savvy.
Another reason to get excited for Shade Savvy is the chance to hear from some serious rock stars from the world of horticulture. We’ve got a tremendous group of individuals who will share their knowledge on designing with and finding the best shade lovers, each one relevant for both the home gardener and landscape professional.
• Dan Benarcik, who oversees the Courtyard Gardens at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pa., is a longtime instructor at Longwood Gardens, an author, photographer and writer. His topic will be Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Shedding Some Light on Designing with Color, Texture and Form in the Shade.
• After years working in botanical gardens in the United States, England and Scotland, Karen Perkins gave into the retail bug and is the owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, a Massachusetts-based mail order nursery. Her topic will be Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade.
• Gene Bush, who with his wife, JoAn Riley, owns and operates Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, in southern Indiana mail order company, is a well-know garden writer, photographer and popular speaker specializing in native and exotic shade plants. His topic will be 10 Months of Blooms in the Shade Garden.
• Brian Jorg is manager of the Native Plant Program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, nature photographer and tourist. The plant program includes the conservation, education and promotion of native flora, focusing on propagation and cultivation. His topic will be Woodland Wildflowers for the Native Shade Garden.
• Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., is known nationally and internationally for his 20 years of research of cold tolerance, propagation, nursery production and work on selection, introduction and evaluation of new ornamental plants. His topic will be Shady Characters 101: A Garden Geek’s Take on the Woody End of the Darker Garden.
Save the date and invite your gardening buddies from throughout the Midwest for a day in the shade. Here are details and registration information.