UConn Extension is sponsoring the Perennial Plant Conference – A Conference for the Landscape and Horticultural Professional. The conference will be held at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus on Thursday, March 5.

This all-day educational conference will address a wide range of topics focusing on plant production, sustainable landscape design, and retail marketing. Topics were selected to appeal to professional landscapers and designers, nursery producers, and retail garden centers. Two concurrent educational sessions will feature nationally recognized speakers from both industry and academia.

The speakers featured at the conference will include:

• Denise Adams, Ornamental Plant Historian, Stony Point, NY, who will be speaking on the American Home Landscape: A Historical Perspective.
• Mark Brand, Professor of Horticulture, UConn Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, who will be speaking on UConn Plant Introductions: Know Them, Grow Them.
• Ben Campbell, Extension Economist, UConn Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, who will be presenting a talk entitled, Consumer Perceptions: Sustainable, Organic, Ecofriendly, Local.
• Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI who will be speaking on Plants and Design Features for the Sensory Garden and a second talk on Landscape Design: Back to Basics.
• Kelly Norris, Horticulture Manager, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, IA, who will discuss Dig This, Stylish Gardening for Savvy Gardeners.
• Kristin Schwab, landscape architect and Associate Professor, UConn Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and Eileen McHugh, University Landscape Architect, UConn Planning, Architecture & Engineering Services, will be speaking on the Rise of the Perennial Plant Palette: Examining the New UConn Landscape.
• Kimberly Stoner, Associate Agricultural Scientist, Department of Entomology, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT will be speaking on Growing Flowers That Benefit Bees.
• Michael Yanny, Owner, JN Plant Selections, Menomonee Falls, WI, will be speaking on New Woody Plants at Johnson’s Nursery and Great Woody Plants for Your Most Discerning Gardeners.

Program and registration information, including online registration, is available here. A pre-registration fee of $100 per person is due by February 26. The fee is $110 per person if postmarked after February 26th or for walk-ins. A registration discount of $20 per person if registering groups of 3 or more together is available. Student registration is $25 with valid school ID. Registration is limited and nonrefundable. Please make checks payable to the University of Connecticut and send to Donna Ellis, University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067, Storrs, CT 06269-4067.

Included with your registration: an information packet, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and an opportunity to meet speakers and purchase autographed books from the Perennial Plant Conference bookstore. Six pesticide recertification credits will be offered for attendees from CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, and VT (pending state approval). Additional CEU’s are available.

For more information contact Donna Ellis phone 860-486-6448; email donna.ellis@uconn.edu.