March Into Spring XXI Brochure March Into Spring XXI 

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm, doors open at 8:15am for coffee, book and vendor sales
Academic Building, Large Auditorium

Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd, Media, PA

Join us for a stimulating, enjoyable day devoted to gardening - a perfect antidote to dreary weather and the beginning of gardening fever for the months ahead. This well-rounded program features 'gardening for the senses', 'plants with style', and top of the heap plant picks from those in the know, plus an informational update on Emerald Ash Borer, and an optional breakout session on organic problem solvers.

Click here to register online, and pay by debit card, credit card, or personal check. Click here to print the brochure and mail the printed registration form.  

Fee: $85 for members of the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group; $95 for non-members.  Fee includes morning coffee service and buffet lunch. 

Registration closes March 23! Not yet a member? Click here to join today and receive the member's discount.   

Saturday, March 25

8:15am  Check-In and Coffee Service. Silent Auction, Vendor & Book Sales* open and continue throughout the day
9:00am Welcome: Carol Verhake, HPS President

C. L. Fornari, The Cocktail Hour Garden

C. L. FornariFor most of us, life is jam-packed. In the 21st century it becomes even more important to take a break at the end of the work day, put aside our digital devices and reconnect with other people and the natural world. This talk explores how we can all benefit from a garden created for the senses. Whether you sit in such a space with a cup of coffee in the morning, an iced tea in the afternoon, or a cocktail at the end of the day, The Cocktail Hour Garden will be a refuge where you can relax, recharge, and reconnect with other people and the natural world.

 10:15am  Break

Neil Hendrickson, Update on Emerald Ash Borer in the Mid-Atlantic region

Neil HendricksonExperience with emerald ash borer since its discovery in the US in 2002 has led to simple guidelines for managing EAB infested trees. These include developing the ability to check your ash trees for signs of infestation, and making a choice of whether to try to save them or not. Treatment options vary in success and cost. Can you do it yourself or do you need a professional, licensed arborist/applicator? And last, there is always the consideration of suitable species for replacement. Some outwardly obvious choices might have their own problems. 

Kelly Norris, Plants with Style

Kelly NorrisGardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Why settle for lackluster gardens filled with dull, ho-hum plants? Plants after all are the very essence of fashionable gardening. In this spirited, provocative lecture, 20-something plantsman Kelly Norris calls for a garden revolution: out with boring plants and in with stylish alternatives that captivate and enthrall.  A passionate horticulturist and lifelong gardener, Kelly is the ideal guide to the botanical riches available to today’s gardeners. In chapters on environment, structure, seasonal standouts, and plant combinations he shines a spotlight on the A-list plants in every category—plants that will thrive, not merely survive. Along the way, he shows you how to forge a personal style in harmony with your garden’s setting and local environment. As Kelly puts it, “A garden is the best way to savor life on earth.” Let Plants with Style guide you to the plants that will provide a richer, more fulfilling connection between you and your own patch of soil.

Noon-1:30pm  Lunch, Silent Auction, Vendor and Book Sales continue
12:30pm Optional breakout session: C. L. Fornari, Organic Problem Solvers - Insects, Animals, and Fungi, Oh, My!

Silent Auction closes


George CoombsMt. Cuba Trials on Baptistia and Monarda

George CoombsLearn about dozens of promising native perennial Baptisia and Monarda as George reviews the latest Mt. Cuba trial results published in 2016. His extensive research will introduce us to the most suitable and healthy plants for our own gardens.



Steven KristophObservations From A Life Spent With Plants

Stephen KristophThroughout his professional career as a horticulturist, Steve has studied the ornamental features, culture, landscape value and pest concerns of thousands of plants. In his presentation, Steve will share what he has seen and learned about both people and plants. Why some plants continue to be standards in the green industry while others languish in obscurity in some arboretum. What new plants have taken center stage and who are some of the people behind their success. Expect lots of information, some opinions, and a “Kristoph Story” or two.

 3:00pm  Closing Remarks



George Coombs is the Research Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin DE. He is responsible for the native plant evaluation program as well as evaluating plants for introduction to the trade.  He has authored trial research reports on Coreopsis and Heuchera, presented at MIS in 2016, as well as the reports on Baptistia and Monarda presented this year.  Before joining Mt. Cuba Center, George worked in the nursery industry at both the wholesale and retail levels.

C. L. Forniari is the author of six books including a book about common garden myths, Coffee for Roses. Her latest book, The Cocktail Hour Garden, is about creating evening landscapes for relaxation and entertainment. She hosts radio programs on WXTK and WRKO every Saturday and is a speaker who frequently presents to a variety of audiences.

C.L. is the resident plant geek at Hyannis Country Garden, a family owned garden center. Her website can be found at C. L.’s not-so-secret mission is to cultivate a gardening revival…in the meantime, one of her great pleasures comes from walking into her front yard veggie garden in the evening and asking, “What’s for dinner?” She grows multitudes of plants at Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod, MA.

Neil Hendrickson's degrees are in forestry: a BS from Cook College/Rutgers University, an MS from the University of New Hampshire, and a PhD from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He spent several years on the faculty of natural resources at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, and for nearly thirty years since has been a practicing arborist.  At the R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory since 2000, he conducts research, provides technical support, and does numerous lectures and workshops. He is a Certified Arborist, NJ Certified Tree Expert, and a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Steven Kristoph received an Associate degree in horticulture from Temple University and then went on to receive his Bachelors and Masters degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University. He has been an adjunct instructor at Rutgers for over 30 years. In addition, Mr. Kristoph owns and operates Stephen Kristoph Nursery in Millstone Township of Monmouth County NJ where he grows many types of ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials.

Steve is passionate about plants and likes to share his passion with others. Plant walks with him are always an adventure. It’s not uncommon for Steve to stop at a big beech or oak tree and give it a hug. Taking time to smell all the roses is important to him and you can bet if there’s an indumented rhododendron leaf close by it is likely to get a gentle caress.

Kelly D. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized 14-acre public garden in Des Moines, Iowa.  He’s popularly known for his book, A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts from Timber Press, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award.  His next book—Plants with Style—was published in December 2015.  As a speaker, he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy presentations, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture.  Kelly’s career began at age 15 when he talked his parents into buying a nursery (Rainbow Iris Farm), and since then he’s become one of the few gurus on marketing horticulture to emerging demographics.  His curatorial work at the Botanical Garden was recognized by the Chanticleer Foundation with a 2015 Chanticleer Scholar Award that will fund two years of plant collecting across the upper Midwest in support of the garden’s permanent living collections. 


Shop 'til you drop with our wonderful PLANT AND GARDEN VENDORS, Gettysburg Gardens, Cairnsgrove Gardens & Apiary, Linden Hill Gardens, Tiffany Perennials, and Rarefind Nursery. Also, back again will be our AWESOME SILENT AUCTION, our carefully curated selection of THE BEST NEW GARDEN BOOKS AT DISCOUNT PRICES (including those by our speakers), Atlas Gloves and eco-friendly HPS water bottles. NOTE: HPS will accept cash, checks and credit cards for the Silent Auction and book sales. Some vendors accept cash/checks only.

Our new Ways & Means Chair, Leeann Essai, is busy assembling an Awesome Silent Auction.  
Auction items that have come in already are:

Bartram’s Garden - Guest Pass to the Garden - 1 tour for up to 4 people
Brushwood Nursery - Clematis Rebecca
                                     Clematis Crystal Fountain
Liz Gross – Pot Lifter and new gardening books
Marple Tree Commission - Hydrangea arborescens 'Haas' Halo'
Cairnsgrove Gardens & Apiary - gift basket of soap/honey/hand cream
Linden Hill Gardens - Gift Certificate
Mostardi’s Nursery – Gardening Tools
Martin Greenhouse  - Succulent Planter
Longwood Gardens – (2) sets of 2 admission tickets
Winterthur Museum - Gift Certificate - Free admission for 4 and curator-led garden tour for 4
Cushing & Henderson Landscape - Landscape Architecture Consultation
Point Philip Perennials - Bacchus Hypertufa Planter; Two Tier Hypertufa  Planter; Hypertufa Mask
Pleasant Run Nursery:
       Acorus gramineus Ogon  (bright yellow)
       Bletilla striata #1 (rosy-purple)
       Delosperma dyeri Fire Spinner (orange tomagenta)
       Epimedium grandiflorum Lilafee  (violet)  
       Heuchera x Fire Chief #1 (wine-red)
       Penstemon digitalis Dark Towers  (pale pink)
       Sedum cauticolum Lidakense  (rose-pink)
       Sedum x Dazzleberry  (blue-grey foliage,raspberry-pink flower)
       Solidago x Little Lemon  (lemon-yellow)
       Tiarella x Crow Feather  (white)
Sam Brown Nursery:
       Nandina d Lemon Lime 
       Distylium x Linebacker 
       Xanthorhiza simplicissima (2)
       Kirengeshoma palmata (2) 
Stillpond Nursery- Asarum splendens, salvias and hellebore
Carolyn Shade Gardens- Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans' (3)

Plus donations coming in from:
Gettysburg Garden
Tiffany Perennials
Clearview Nursery


Delaware County Community College, Academic Building, Large Auditorium, 901 S Media Line Rd, Media, PA 19063. 
From Rte 476: Exit 9 (Newtown Sq/Upper Darby) Rte 3 West (West Chester Pk) towards Newtown Sq, pass Rte 320, turn left at 3rd light (Media Line Rd), 2 miles to college entrance on left.
From I-95 North or South: Exit marked 476 (Chester/Plymouth Meeting). Follow 476 to Exit 5 (Rte 1, Lima/Springfield). Turn left on Rte 1 South (Lima). Follow Rte 1 to Media/Rte 252 Exit. Make right onto Rte 252, cross Springton Reservoir, and make a right at the next light at sign for college. 
From West Chester: Take Rte 3 East to Rte 252 South. Turn right on Rte 252 South and go to 3rd light (Media Line Rd). Turn left. The college entrance is on the right.
Parking: Once on campus, follow the access road and HPS signs to Staff Parking Lot #2.

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