University of Connecticut Offers Perennial Plant Conference

The University of Connecticut is sponsoring the “Perennial Plant Conference – A Conference for the Professional Horticulturist.” The conference will be held at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus on Thursday, March 15, 2012. 

This all-day educational conference will address a wide range of topics focusing on herbaceous perennial production, sustainable landscape design and retail marketing.

The topics were selected to appeal to professional landscapers and designers, nursery and greenhouse producers, and retail garden centers. Two concurrent educational sessions will feature nationally recognized speakers from both industry and academia.

Some of the featured speakers will include:

  • Suzi McCoy, President of The Garden Media Group, who will be speaking on The 7 C’s of Social Media
  • Doug Tallamy from the University of Delaware, who will be speaking on Maintaining Curb Appeal with Native Plants
  • Barbara Balgoyen from Walters Gardens, who will be speaking on New and Exciting Perennials
  • Ethan Roland from AppleSeed Permaculture, who will be speaking on Permaculture/Edible Landscaping

A pre-registration fee of $80 per person is due by March 8,2012. Program and registration information, including online registration, is available at  

The fee is $90 per person for late registrations and walk-ins.  Registration is nonrefundable

Registration includes admission to sessions, an information packet, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, free parking, and an opportunity to meet speakers and purchase autographed books from the Perennial Plant Conference bookstore.   

Two pesticide recertification credits will be offered for attendees from CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, and VT (pending state approval).  Additional CEU’s may be available.  

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