This year, in light of COVID-19, we’re taking the Annual Symposium virtual for an October filled with engaging online lectures.
This roster of gardeners will speak candidly about gardening in hopes of exploring and explaining how and why to garden in a changing world, how gardens fit into their daily lives or inform their professional practice and how gardening is more relevant than ever to health and the environment.
Speakers will present on Thursdays in October via Zoom Webinar. There will be one presentation a week beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. Each presentation will follow with a moderated question forum until 7:15 p.m. CDT.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. CDT: Irvin Etienne, Zone Denial: Tropical Gardening in the Midwest
Irvin Etienne prefers gardening with a tropicalissmo style, so his garden looks like an island paradise by late summer with cannas, elephant ears and 1.5 foot tall bananas. For this talk, participants will spend considerable time observing Irvin’s home garden to look at plants and plant combinations. General care and maintenance will be touched on lightly, and Irvin will discuss the possibilities after the first frost: who lives, who dies and his rather cavalier overwintering methods.
Thank you to our 2020 Annual Symposium sponsors: Country Landscapes, Inc.; Kemin Industries, Inc.; Cynde and Richard Schreiber; Janan and Zane Smith