DVC-NARGS talk: "Conifers for Troughs and Rock Gardens" by Ginny Levy

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This talk is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society

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What do Brachiosaurus and Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) have in common? They were strangers in a strange land, neighbors in the same neighborhood. During the Mesozoic Era conifers dominated the landscape and were likely important food for Brachiosaurus and other sauropods.

Hinoki Cypress and other coniferous species have withstood the pressures of time and climate while the gentle plant eating Brachiosaurus and his cousins were left behind. As time marched on, flowering plants evolved and began to overtake conifers as the dominant flora. Undeterred conifers found new frontiers and continued to adapt to the brave new world.

This transition from dominance to niche players has led conifers to be not only supporting characters in the world of rock gardens and troughs but has given them the perfect adaptive skills. As gorgeous alpine gems take a well-deserved period of rest and renewal, the very nature of conifers continue to provide structure and beauty. Survivors of millenniums, conifers will not begrudge being slipped into small spaces or in companionship with their showy competition, the delicate angiosperms.

Join Ginny as we look at this wonderous group of survivors, what makes them tick, what are the best choices for years of enjoyment and where and how did these diminutive representatives of their majestic parents originate?

Ginny Levy began at Longwood Gardens in 1998, first as a volunteer before joining the staff 2002. Working first in the horticulture department and on seasonal displays throughout the conservatory, in 2012 Ginny took over the floral design duties until retiring that position to work more closely in the Continuing Education Dept. Ginny holds both Certifications of Merit in Ornamental Plants and the Certificate of Merit in floral design. She has taught numerous floral design and horticulture classes and has been the lead instructor for the Certificate Series Conifer course since 2014.

Ginny is a vice chair of Horticulture Judges for the Philadelphia Flower Show and is the current Zone V Chair for the Garden Club of America. (Zone V includes the 14 clubs throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware).

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