Plant Quest 2021 - Smart Plants for Midwest Gardeners

April 26, 2021 - May 24, 2021 5 sessions in all on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register for all or as many as you are interested in.

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2021 - 12:00AM


April 26 Lisa Roper, Gravel Garden and Ruin Horticulturist, Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne PA.

 “Chanticleer’s Gravel Garden”

For the past seven years, Lisa Roper has managed the Gravel Garden at the renowned public garden Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A gently sloping site planted with a mix of fine textured grasses, gray-leafed Mediterranean plants, drought tolerant perennials, annuals grown from seed, and hardy succulents, the gravel garden is a stunningly and unique landscape. Ms. Roper will talk about the plants that thrive here, explore some of the gardening techniques for maintaining the garden including editing plants that seed in, watering recommendations, proper cut back timing, planting techniques, deadheading and dividing perennials.  

May 3 - Jessica DeGraaf, Horticulturist, Proven Winners Retail Account Manager, Michigan
“Smart Annuals for Midwest Gardens”

Join Horticulturist Jessica DeGraaf in a look at new, stellar selections of your favorite annuals that will thrive in sun, shade and containers.   Genetics makes all the difference when it comes to performance for the home gardener, and DeGraaf has cultivated expertise in this area to help gardeners make the very best choices from hundreds of new plants available.  She will also review those old-favorites that never go out of style.  

May 10 - Jeff Epping- Director of Horticulture, Olbrich Botanic Gardens, Madison Wisconsin              “Gardening for All—Plants that are Smart and Sustainable”

In this day of shrinking natural areas and habitat for the creatures that live in them, it’s more important than ever to create gardens that are not only beautiful for us to look at, but also provide homes and food for our insects, birds and other urban dwelling friends. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens will show you how he has incorporated into his home garden the many ecologically-minded gardening concepts he and his staff have embraced at Olbrich.   Jeff will share details of how he has transformed his small suburban lot with its typical bluegrass lawn and mundane foundation plantings into a beautiful, low maintenance, no-lawn garden that is teeming with life.  Bees, butterflies and toads live harmoniously in a pesticide free refuge that is also home to a wide range of friendly insects that provide food for the many bird species that nest in or visit his garden. Learn from what he has done to create your own little garden sanctuary where all can live together and enjoy each other’s company.

 

May 17- Richard Hawke- Chicago Botanic Gardens Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist “Nearly Natives—Plants of Merit with Deep Roots”

Plant evaluations done at Chicago Botanic Gardens reveal hidden gems for Midwest landscapes.  Join Richard Hawke in an exploration of many garden-worthy plants with no-nonsense native roots.  Plant breeders across the nation recognize attributes of our thrifty and beautiful native plants and have begun making selections of adaptable plants that are nearly native and totally in style! 

 

May 24-Vincent Simeone, Horticulturist, Planting Fields Arboretum, Long Island, NY
“Smart Landscape Trees and Shrubs for Midwest Gardens”  

Whether for aesthetic value, landscape function or cultural requirements, selecting the right plant is a gardener’s smartest option.  A seasoned expert in the horticulture field, Vincent Simeone will celebrate exciting new and improved cultivars of garden-sized trees including dogwood, Viburnum, lilac, crabapple, cherry and evergreen gems for every site!  Highlighting specimens that have improved drought and cold tolerance are pest resistant and thrifty, Simeone will impart a lifetime of experience and his passion for plants that will work best for you!   

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Register for separate sessions or the entire series at:  

April 26 Lisa Roper, Gravel Garden and Ruin Horticulturist, Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne PA.

 “Chanticleer’s Gravel Garden”

For the past seven years, Lisa Roper has managed the Gravel Garden at the renowned public garden Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A gently sloping site planted with a mix of fine textured grasses, gray-leafed Mediterranean plants, drought tolerant perennials, annuals grown from seed, and hardy succulents, the gravel garden is a stunningly and unique landscape. Ms. Roper will talk about the plants that thrive here, explore some of the gardening techniques for maintaining the garden including editing plants that seed in, watering recommendations, proper cut back timing, planting techniques, deadheading and dividing perennials. 

 

May 3 - Jessica DeGraaf, Horticulturist, Proven Winners Retail Account Manager, Michigan
“Smart Annuals for Midwest Gardens”

Join Horticulturist Jessica DeGraaf in a look at new, stellar selections of your favorite annuals that will thrive in sun, shade and containers.   Genetics makes all the difference when it comes to performance for the home gardener, and DeGraaf has cultivated expertise in this area to help gardeners make the very best choices from hundreds of new plants available.  She will also review those old-favorites that never go out of style.  

May 10 - Jeff Epping- Director of Horticulture, Olbrich Botanic Gardens, Madison Wisconsin

 “Gardening for All—Plants that are Smart and Sustainable”

In this day of shrinking natural areas and habitat for the creatures that live in them, it’s more important than ever to create gardens that are not only beautiful for us to look at, but also provide homes and food for our insects, birds and other urban dwelling friends. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens will show you how he has incorporated into his home garden the many ecologically-minded gardening concepts he and his staff have embraced at Olbrich.   Jeff will share details of how he has transformed his small suburban lot with its typical bluegrass lawn and mundane foundation plantings into a beautiful, low maintenance, no-lawn garden that is teeming with life.  Bees, butterflies and toads live harmoniously in a pesticide free refuge that is also home to a wide range of friendly insects that provide food for the many bird species that nest in or visit his garden. Learn from what he has done to create your own little garden sanctuary where all can live together and enjoy each other’s company.

 

May 17- Richard Hawke- Chicago Botanic Gardens Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist “Nearly Natives—Plants of Merit with Deep Roots”

Plant evaluations done at Chicago Botanic Gardens reveal hidden gems for Midwest landscapes.  Join Richard Hawke in an exploration of many garden-worthy plants with no-nonsense native roots.  Plant breeders across the nation recognize attributes of our thrifty and beautiful native plants and have begun making selections of adaptable plants that are nearly native and totally in style! 

 

May 24-Vincent Simeone, Horticulturist, Planting Fields Arboretum, Long Island, NY
“Smart Landscape Trees and Shrubs for Midwest Gardens”  

Whether for aesthetic value, landscape function or cultural requirements, selecting the right plant is a gardener’s smartest option.  A seasoned expert in the horticulture field, Vincent Simeone will celebrate exciting new and improved cultivars of garden-sized trees including dogwood, Viburnum, lilac, crabapple, cherry and evergreen gems for every site!  Highlighting specimens that have improved drought and cold tolerance are pest resistant and thrifty, Simeone will impart a lifetime of experience and his passion for plants that will work best for you!   

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Register for separate sessions or the entire series at:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/2021PlantQuest/

Registration deadline:  May 22, 2021 or when each session is full. 
With MSU Extension staff working virtually, check payments are not able to be processed in a timely manner therefore the fee must be paid by credit card.

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted) via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 
Your registration is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Refund Policy - for the Plant Quest series

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop. No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.

Registration deadline:  May 22, 2021 or when each session is full. 
With MSU Extension staff working virtually, check payments are not able to be processed in a timely manner therefore the fee must be paid by credit card.

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted) via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Your registration is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Refund Policy - for the Plant Quest series

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop. No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.

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