National gardening experts coming to Pittsburgh

Written by Doug Oster on .

Check out the line up for this year's Garden and Landscape Symposium. The event is on April 20th, 2013 a the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.

These are some heavy hitters in the gardening world.

For selfish reasons, I'm most excited about Bill Thomas coming to town. He runs one of my favorite gardens, Chanticleer, near Philadelphia.

I profiled him in my documentery The Gardens of Pennsyvania. Just seeing Bill speak is worth the price of admission. Sign up soon, this will sell out.

Here's a link to the video about Chanticleer.

This is the news release with details on the event.

Western Pa. Garden and Landscape Symposium Brings National Gardening Experts to Pittsburgh
Phipps, Penn State Extension and Shady Side Academy event offers inspiration, advice and plants.


Pittsburgh, Pa. — On April 20, 2013 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Penn State Extension and Shady Side Academy will present the annual Western Pa. Garden and Landscape Symposium from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts. Perfect for gardeners of all skill levels, this day of insightful lectures, plus shopping at Garden Marketplace, is a must-attend event for plant lovers.
   Sharing a wide range of practical knowledge on topics as diverse as beneficial bugs and flowering shrubs to contemporary design with native perennials, this year’s line-up of expert presenters includes:

·         Whitney Cranshaw, a Colorado State University professor, specializes in pests and problems affecting Rocky Mountain plants, educating students on various entomological topics. His books include Garden Insects of North America, Pests of the West and the forthcoming Bugs Rule!

·         Kerry Mendez, an expert on low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping, works as a marketing professional, consultant, designer, writer, teacher and lecturer. She is the author of The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists and Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens 

·         Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher and writer, advocates for designs that interpret nature and feature native plants. He has designed garden landscapes nationwide, including those at the U.S. Capitol, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and The New York Botanical Garden.

·         R. William Thomas, executive director of Chanticleer near Philadelphia, leads the development of the young garden using an environmentally sensitive and multi-century approach. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in ornamental horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

·         Joseph Tychonievich, nursery manager for Arrowhead Alpine, has a love of plants that once sent him to Japan to work for Akira Shibamichi. He is the author ofCreating New Heirlooms: A Gardener's Guide to Breeding Plants and holds a B.S. in horticulture from Ohio State University.

   Required pre-registration is available by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925. Tickets cost $99 per person (by April 1) and $115 (after April 1); price includes continental breakfast and lunch. A special early bird workshop on growing alpine and miniature plants is also on offer for an extra $12. Garden Marketplace is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., featuring annuals, perennials, shrubs, seeds and more. Additionally, 10-Minute Tips sessions with local gardening experts will be accessible to all participants during the event. More details can be found at

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