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Newfields Horticulture Symposium

Join fellow horticulture lovers for a day of talks that will inspire you for your spring planting. Speakers will present on a wide range of topics, including growing annuals for cut flowers, year-round vegetable gardening, and more.

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Ticket Pricing:

$95 – Non Newfields Members
$80 – Newfields Member
$70 – Horticultural Society Members
$50 – Students

Full Schedule

7:45 am – Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:15 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources

8:30 am – Dixter, Design, and an English Sense of Place

Gwyn Rager, Former Horticulturist at Newfields

Who decides what our gardens should look like? Is it personal convictions and passions that compel us to create as we see fit? Or are we driven to utilize the recipes determined by industry and culture? Follow along as Gwyn recounts her quest to find answers to these questions while spending time at Great Dixter and on a whirlwind trip around some of central England's other iconic gardens.

9:30 am – Grow Your Own Bouquets: Must-Have Florals and Tips for Arranging Success

Katie Dickson, Senior Horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Join self-proclaimed “flower obsessed” horticulturist Katie Dickson for a morning of exciting plant choices and botanical inspiration. As we say “adieu” to winter, we’ll briefly discuss uses of winter floral elements like branches, cones, coniferous foliage and berries. Then we’ll explore spring-planted, summer-blooming annuals and perennials that will liven up both your landscape AND flower vase. Finally, take home many florist “hacks” and tips for optimal success and longevity of your arrangements.

10:30 am – Morning Break

11:00 am – Deep Rooted Wisdom

Jenks Farmer, Plantsman and Author

Small farmers and backyard gardeners knew simple, cheap, effective gardening skills. As gardening became a shopping experience, an industry and became dominated by reductionist science, those lessons got lost. Through storytelling and interviews, Jenks shares tips and lessons from self-taught gardeners. And he’ll share the ways he incorporates connections to design, build, and plant joyful, soulful modern gardens.

12:00 pm – Lunch in Deer Zink

Stretch your legs and enjoy the bold, beautiful color of Orchids in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse and throughout the IMA galleries

1:45 pm – The Best Clematis for Gardens

Deborah Hardwick, Clematis Guru

In this informative presentation, we take a look at the diversity within the genus Clematis, which includes over 350 recognized species and thousands of cultivars. This entire genus encompasses only 10 different flower forms, which are presented with lots of photography as well as “the bottom line” of the best choices for gardens from each of the 10 forms based on Deborah’s own Clematis rating system.

2:45 pm – Afternoon Break

3:00 pm – Gardenlust

Christopher Woods, Horticulturist, Garden Designer, Author

A steep hillside oasis in Singapore, a garden distinguished by shape and light in Marrakech, a haunting tree museum in Switzerland – these are just a few of the extraordinary outdoor havens visited in Gardenlust.In this sumptuous global tour of modern gardens, intrepid plant expert Christopher Woods spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways. Featuring both private and public gardens, this journey makes its way from the Americas and Europe to Australia and New Zealand, with stops in Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll learn about the people, plants, and stories that make these iconic gardens so lust-worthy. As inspiring as it is insightful, Garden lust will delight your passion for garden inspiration – and the many places it grows.

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks

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