HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium

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Dejope Residence Hall, Mendota Room

640 Elm Drive

Madison, WI 53706

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Public gardens tell the stories of their communities’ natural and cultural commonwealth. Through the art and science of interpretation, they use these stories to build strong communities through provoking important conversations among their audiences. Through the process of interpretation, people are connected to plants and also to one another. This is the power of public gardens.

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Flower Factory
Purple Cow Organics
Avant Gardening & Landscaping
Landscape Forms

Madison Area Master Gardeners Association
Madison Block and Stone
Mendota Lake House
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation


Friday, April 13, 2018 | Origin Stories | 4–6pm

This casual meet-and-mingle panel discussion will help you get to know this year's featured speakers while getting to know your fellow attendees. Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association in the beautiful, newly renovated Alumni Place, adjacent to Alumni Park and the Wisconsin Memorial Union. Tickets are included with a Symposium registration, but availability is limited and RSVP is required. (Indicate your RSVP when you purchase your Symposium ticket.)


Saturday, April 14, 2018 | HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium | 9am–4pm

HortiCULTURAL Landscapes: Telling the Story of Place through Plants, explores stories from four exceptional public gardens across the United States.

Shari Edleson | Director of Horticulture and Curator for the Arboretum at Penn State

Gardens are places where people relax, enjoy the natural world or gather design inspiration, but they are also full of compelling and sometimes surprising stories. These tales may be “written” into the entire landscape, communicated by design choices or revealed by a significant specimen plant. In all their forms, garden narratives help forge connections between people and landscapes. In this session, we will examine how our landscapes communicate, and how we can harness the power of gardens to tell stories that inspire, connect and motivate action.

Peter Hatch | Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson wrote,"the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and Monticello's 1,000-footlong terraced vegetable garden became an experimental laboratory, an Ellis Island of new and unusual vegetable novelties from around the globe. While growing over 330 vegetables and 170 fruit varieties, Jefferson was also a pioneer in supporting farmer's markets and promoting vegetable cookery. This revolutionary garden resulted in a revolutionary cuisine in the kitchen at Monticello. Restored in 1984, the garden and the Jefferson legacy continue to inspire the farm to table movement today.

Ian Simpkins | Deputy Director for Horticulture & Urban Agriculture at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya, a national historic landmark featuring one of the best European inspired gardens in the United States, was a place of mystery and intrigue during its creation 100 years ago. Explore the influences and influencers that made the Vizcaya gardens what they are today.

Jeff Downing | Executive Director of Mt. Cuba Center

Tucked in the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley in Philadelphia, Mt. Cuba Center features the most renowned naturalistic gardens in the eastern United States. Incorporating upland forests, meadows, scenic lowland ponds and formal gardens, Lammot and Pameal Copeland transformed their estate from fallow cornfields into thriving, ecologically functional gardens. Today, Mt. Cuba Center continues to advance the Copeland’s vision, inspiring new generations to appreciate the beauty and value of native plants and healthy ecosystems.

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