IMA Horticulture Symposium 2017: The Garden Reimagined

$95 Members / $90 IMA Horticultural Society Members / $110 Public / $55 Students
Breakfast and Lunch provided

Join horticulture experts and explore a hybrid of wild and cultivated design strategies at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s annual daylong symposium. Discover powerful alternatives to traditional plantings, the quintessential spring flowering tree, and other favorites to create diverse, resilient, beautiful, and ecologically sound landscapes.

Andrew Bunting
Assistant Director and Director of Collections at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Talk: A Plant Lovers Guide to Magnolias: Celebrating the Queen of Blooming Trees
Every garden needs a showpiece and for many of us, a magnolia tree is it. Come spring, magnolia trees are the prom dresses of the garden. Their magnificent, showy flowers blanket the branches long before their leaves unfurl. Although some homeowners are likely familiar with the delicate white-flowered star magnolia and the pale pink saucer magnolia, there are many more from which to choose, including those with yellow, purple, red, and bicolored flowers. Some are found in the tropics, while others are winter-hardy as far north as Minnesota. In his talk, Bunting will discuss 146 top magnolia choices from his new book, The Plant Lover's Guide to Magnolias.

About Bunting
In his role at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Bunting oversees content and curations of the Gardens’ permanent plant collection including acquisition and collecting, accessioning, mapping, and labeling. Bunting is active in the American Public Gardens Association and is an expert on woody plants. He has lectured at many gardens and institutions throughout the country, including, Arboretum Wespelaar, Longwood Gardens and Smithsonian Institution, and has also appeared on the Martha Stewart Living Show. Bunting has published many articles in prestigious publications such as The Public Garden, Green Scene, Journal of the International Oak Society, and many more. Throughout Bunting’s career he has received many prominent awards such as the American Public Gardens Association Professional Citation, the Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development, the Marion Marsh Award, and many others. Prior to Bunting’s current role at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, he was the curator at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for 25 years, and also owned a landscape design and construction business called Fine Garden Creations, Inc. Originally from Illinois, Bunting received his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science form Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Lisa Roper
Horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden

Talk: Evolution of the Gravel Garden: Design, Utilizing Photography, and Ruthless Editing
For the past four years, Roper has been developing the Chanticleer Gravel Garden—a gently sloping, well-drained, south- facing site. Roper will discuss how form, texture, color, and rhythm are carefully considered in the garden, which is planted with a mix of fine textured grasses, gray-leafed Mediterranean plants, hardy succulents, butterfly weed, and Tennessee coneflower. She will also cover the importance of editing constantly to tame plants that seed in enthusiastically, and the technique of using photography to inform her design decisions.

About Roper
Lisa Roper is the Gravel Garden and Ruin horticulturist at Chanticleer, a public garden in Wayne Pa. where she has gardened for the past 26 years in various parts of the garden. Roper also photographs Chanticleer Garden weekly for What’s In Bloom on the website. Roper has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from The Cooper Union in NYC, where she studied photography and painting. Roper has been a guest gardener at many institutions including Stellenbosch University Garden in South Africa and Great Dixter in West Sussex, UK. She is also a contributor to The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Planting Techniques from Chanticleer (2015).

Joseph Tychonievich
Green Sparrow Publishing

Talk: Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today's Garden
Rock gardening—the art of growing alpines and other miniature plants in the company of rocks in order to recreate the look of a rugged mountaintop—has been surging in popularity. Time and space constraints, chronic drought in the American West, and a trend toward architectural plants are just a few of the reasons for the increased interest. Tychonievich will explain how rock gardening brings a traditional style to a new generation of gardeners. His book, Rock Gardening, includes a survey of gorgeous rock gardens from around the world, the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden, and profiles of the top 50 rock garden plants.

About Tychonievich
Tychonievich is an independent breeder and author. He also currently works as the nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville, MI, a specialty rare plants nursery where he works daily with hundreds of genera. He is a lifelong gardener and lover of plants. Prior to his current career, Tychonievich worked for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan. He has been a repeated guest on public radio’s food show The Splendid Table, wrote the book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “...six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” Tychonievich earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Ohio State University.

Claudia West
Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries Inc.

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes We live in a global city and few wild places remain in today’s world. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to bring wildness and ecological value back into our landscape. This challenge requires a new form of planting design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture with ecology. Join West to explore how native plants will fit into future landscapes and how plant community-based design strategies can help you meet aesthetic and ecological goals during your next planting project.

About West
Claudia West is a landscape designer, lecturer, and consultant based in Maryland. In her current role as ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, West bridges the gap between project designers, plant growers, installation and management professionals, and ecology. West’s work is centered on the development of ecologically sound, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing planting design that stands the test of time. West learned the principles of plant propagation and stable planting design while growing up in her family’s landscape design, plant nursery, and florist business in Germany. She served as a design consultant for Wolfgang Oehme/Carol Oppenheimer. She is the co-author of the award winning book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.

Jonathan Wright
IMA Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources

Talk: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Finding Inspiration From the Past While Looking to the Future
As Wright finishes his first year at the IMA, and he has a lot to share about growing, exploring, and reimagining new spaces in old places. Not afraid to try new things, he’ll discuss using both tried and true and innovative planting techniques, layering for depth and textural interest, and getting inspiration from around the world. He believes through design, plants have the power to do good for people.

About Wright
Wright began his role at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in March 2016. Prior to his career at the IMA, Wright was a horticulturist for nearly 12 years at The Chanticleer Foundation in Wayne, Pa. Wright has extensive experience at gardens around the United States and England including Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito, Calif.; Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colo.; National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kaua‘i, Hawaii; Great Dixter, Sussex, England; The Harland Hand Memorial Garden, El Cerrito, Calif.; and Peckerwood Garden, Hempstead, Texas. He has studied garden design and plants around the globe including in Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. Wright has lectured widely and was a contributor to the new and highly-acclaimed book, The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Planting Techniques from Chanticleer (2015). Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Temple University.

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