Which trees and shrubs will thrive in a changing climate? How can we plan gardens that stand the test of time? These are questions that will be answered at the Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Landscape for a Changing Future at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Thursday, September 7. Everyone from avid home gardeners to landowners to green industry professionals will get the latest on the selection and care of hardy, versatile trees and shrubs from the best speakers and plant experts in the business. The Chicago Botanic Garden presents this symposium in partnership with The Morton Arboretum.
Julie Moir Messervy, landscape designer and author, will speak on “Creating Gardens of Beauty and Meaning: The Art of Plant Placement.” Andrew Bunting, assistant director of the Chicago Botanic Garden and director of Plant Collections, will speak on “Magnolias for the Midwest.” Dr. Michael J. Raupp, professor of entomology, University of Maryland, will speak on “Future Impacts of Invasive Species and Climate Change on Pest Management in Landscapes.” Guy Sternberg, co-founder, Starhill Forest Arboretum, will speak on “Tough Trees for Our Evolving Climate.” Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas executive director, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “Plant Exploration: Lessons from the Field.”
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. Cost is $120; members pay $96. Registration fee includes lunch, breaks, and free parking at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Call (847) 835-8261 or visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/education/professional_programs/midwest_tree_shrub_conference for more information and registration.