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2020 Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference: Diverse Plantings for a Resilient Future

Schedule and location

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Arbor Room, Thornhill Education Center
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53

Fees and Registration

Registration fee includes lunch, breaks, afternoon workshop options, and free admission to The Morton Arboretum.

Early-Bird Pricing! Register before July 1, 2020.
$96.00 member
$120.00 nonmember

After July 1, 2020
$106.00 member
$130.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Rethink the way you choose and manage trees and shrubs with leading designers and plant experts. This full day program showcases the best new information on the selection and care of hardy, versatile trees and shrubs.  Anyone interested in trees and shrubs, from avid home gardeners and landowners to green-industry professionals (like nursery practitioners, arborists, estate gardeners, land managers, landscape designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, parks and recreation professionals, and municipal foresters), will find valuable information and networking opportunities at this conference, which takes place on the scenic 1,700-acre grounds of The Morton Arboretum.

Presenters include:

  • Craig Bergmann, RLA, ASLA President Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. 
  • Fredric Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Horticulture, Joliet Junior College and Senior Scientist-Entomology, The Morton Arboretum 
  • Lydia Scott, M.S., Director, Chicago Region Trees Initiative
  • Michael D. Yanny, B.S., Plant Breeder, Owner of JN Plant Selections, LLC


The program also includes a selection of practical afternoon workshops from Arboretum experts.​ Workshops are included with your registration fee; please select your workshop choice when you register.

Workshops include:

  • Gateway to Tree Science tours: Center for Tree Science Staff
  • Root Biology and Plant Health: Dr. Allyson Salisbury, Postdoctoral Researcher - Arboriculture, The Morton Arboretum
  • Curator’s Tour of Notable Trees: Matt Lobdell, Curator of Living Collections, The Morton Arboretum
  • Tree Selections from Chicagland Grows: Kim Shearer, Tree and Shrub Breeder, The Morton Arboretum
  • Plant Health Care Walk: Dr. Chad Rigsby, Research Specialist, Bartlett Tree Experts

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Course details

Continuing education units:

  • 4 CEU credits for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
  • 4.75 CEU credits for Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • Up to 4.75 CEU credits for International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

Lodging and Transportation:
Directions to the Arboretum and information for several nearby hotels can be found on the Arboretum’s Maps and Directions page.
Notes: Limit 170

Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies