Keynote Presentations

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens where he oversees the development and delivery of over 170 programs annually in the concentrations of ornamental horticulture, landscape design, visual arts, and floral design. Prior to his arrival at Longwood Gardens, Matthew spent six years in Toledo, Ohio where he worked as a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Gardens. He was an instructor at Owens Community College, where he established a 5-acre farm and training center and developed the accompanying curriculum for the Urban Agriculture Program. His passion for horticulture is contagious and he is a proud graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Horticulture Science with an emphasis on Landscape Design and Urban Forestry.MattRossHeadshot

His talks include:

Go Green, Go White, Get Variegated

Why just settle for green leaves when there are so many interesting and unique variegated plants in this world? After discussing a bit of the science behind color variation in foliage and flowers; explore the wide world of variegated plants that cover the full spectrum of plants from tropicals and annuals, to trees, shrubs, and even aquatic plants.

Hidden Gems: The Best Gardens in America You've Never Heard of

Your botanical bucket list is about to get a lot longer after Matthew Ross shares the stories and captivating images from some of the nation’s most underappreciated public gardens. These hidden gems include a public park where guests can sample fruits from around the world, extravagant sculpture parks, and even an alpine garden overlooking some of the oldest trees on the planet.