Mark your calendars for the 21st annual Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College. This
popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic states and how to use
them in the landscape. The conference is co-sponsored by Morris Arboretum, Chanticleer, Longwood
Gardens, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and
Tyler Arboretum. The conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners.
Featured speakers include:
• Ed Ikin – is Head of Landscape and Horticulture at Royal Botanic Garden Kew’s Wakehurst.
Located in West Sussex, Wakehurst boasts formal gardens, woodlands, and a nature reserve.
Wakehurst is also home to the Millenium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
• Thomas Molnar – Associate Professor, Plant Biology, Rutgers University will focus on woody plant
breeding and insect and disease resistance.
• Jane Kilpatrick – author of Fathers of Botany: The Discovery of Chinese Plants by European
Missionaries highlights European missionaries that were the first explorers in China to send home
evidence of one of the richest and most varied floras ever seen.
• Gerald Donnelly – President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, will talk about
the role of arboreta in society and in the conservation of globally threatened trees
Continuing education units (CEUs) for landscape architects and International Society of Arboriculture
certified arborists will be available.