On September 5, 2019, leading designers and plant experts from across the region will come together to share leading practices and advance their knowledge and awareness of tree and shrub selection, planting and care at the Midwest Tree and Shrub Conference, presented by The Morton Arboretum.
Presented on the Arboretum’s scenic, 1,700-acre grounds, the full-day conference is open to anyone interested in selection and care of hardy and versatile Midwestern trees, shrubs and woody plants. Attendees include avid home gardeners and landowners to green-industry professionals including nursery practitioners, arborists, estate gardeners, land managers, landscape designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, parks and recreation professionals and municipal foresters.
In its third consecutive year, this year’s conference, “Diverse Solutions for a Dynamic Future,” will highlight the latest information and expert practices related to the evolution, usage, care, resilience and environmental impact on native tree and shrub species. The day’s agenda includes an abundance of networking opportunities in addition to presentations and learning sessions from nationally recognized experts.
2019 speakers will include:
- Irene Palmer, research specialist, Department of Horticulture Science, North Carolina State University
Palmer will guide attendees on the development of diverse plant material for urban and suburban plantings and discuss sterile cultivar development.
- Bill Hendricks, owner, Klyn Nursery, Ohio
Hendricks is a horticulture expert who has been honored as “Grower” magazine’s Grower of the Year. Hendricks will present innovative and sustainable ways to produce new trees and shrubs.
- Jake Miesbauer, arboriculture scientist, The Morton Arboretum
An ISA Certified Arborist, an author of scientific articles on tree biomechanics, and a member of The Morton Arboretum staff, Miesbauer will describe proper pruning techniques to promote the growth of young trees.
- Dr. Jack Ahern, professor of landscape architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Recognized as an international leader in the areas of landscape and greenway planning, Dr. Ahern’s talk, “Novel Urban Ecosystems: New Nature(s) in the Anthropocene,” will explore future design trends.
Professionals who attend the conference will receive continuing education credits.
The conference is $96 for members of The Morton Arboretum or $120 for nonmembers now through July 1. After July 1, the conference is $106 for members and $130 for nonmembers. Registration fee includes lunch and free admission to The Morton Arboretum. For additional information or to register for the conference, visit mortonarb.org.