It just doesn't get any bigger than Dr. Michael Dirr when it comes to plant experts. He's written the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the definitive title on the subject, and many other great books.
He's just one of the great speakers at the 19th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania, presented by Penn State
Extension and Shady Side Academy. It's happening on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillman Center for the Performing
Arts in Fox Chapel. Discounted registration is available until March 1.
Horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics, including Sinclair Adam, Penn State Extension
educator speaking on New Perennials for 2014: Plants of Promise for American Growers and Gardens; Michael Dirr, retired
professor of horticulture, University of Georgia will speak In Praise of Noble Trees and also New Flowering and Evergreen
Shrubs; Maryann Frazier, Penn State Entomology Expert will address declining pollinator populations and how gardeners
and landscapers can improve habitats and reduce risks with ~ Will There Still Be Honey for Your Tea?; and Jeff Gillman,
Horticulture Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina will present-The Truth About
Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch and plenty of
time to shop at the Garden Marketplace.
The Garden Marketplace is free and open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. The Marketplace features unusual, hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs, natives, lettuce bowls, terrariums, garden
accessories and botanical artwork. The Garden Marketplace is entirely indoors, located in the Ice Rink Arena on the Shady
Side Senior School campus. A new attraction this year is the annual Daffodil Show, hosted by the Daffodil and Hosta Society
of Western Pennsylvania. Parking is convenient, ample and free.
Register for the Symposium by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium. The fee is $105 before
March 1st and $120 after March 1st. Or call (412)473–2540 with questions.