Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium: Shade Savvy

The IMA’s day-long Horticulture Symposium will bring together regional and national experts to discuss the challenges and joys of growing plants in the shade. Suitable for the novice gardener as well as the professional designer, topics will include: plant selection ranging from ephemeral and herbaceous to woody, design aspects, and comparison of native species and non-native cultivars. A wide selection of shade gardening books will be available for purchase, as well as ample opportunity for one-on-one conversation with the speakers and IMA Horticulture staff. View the full schedule of events.

Event sponsored by the IMA’s Division of Environmental & Historic Preservation with additional support from the IMA Horticultural Society.

Registration fee includes morning refreshments, a buffet lunch, and afternoon refreshments. Continuing Education Units will be offered to members of the following organizations:

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) - 5 CEUs – LA CES approved
  • Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association (INLA) – 5 CEUs
  • Purdue Master Gardeners – 6 CEHs

About the Speakers

Dan Benarcik

Dan Benarcik is a horticulturist at Chanticleer, an innovative garden located in Wayne, PA. There he oversees the Courtyard Gardens, concentrating on tropical, sub-tropical and tender perennials for seasonal display. Dan is a graduate of The University of Delaware where he received a bachelor of science in plant science. He has articles that have appeared in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Martha Stewart Living and Rodale's gardening books. Dan teaches classes and gives demonstrations on constructing garden furniture in addition to designing his own. Dan is also an instructor at Longwood Gardens, where he teaches the groundcovers course as part of the Continuing Education Department.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark; Shedding Some Light on Designing With Color, Texture and Form in the Shade
Shade can be a challenge in any garden, perennial or seasonal. Often the answer lies in a careful blend of the two worlds in one bed, or container, or even in the initial design. Dan will discuss some "must haves" to work in the shade, some clever ways to use them, and how to take the first steps to tackle your shady issues.

Karen Perkins

Karen Perkins graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of science in floriculture and ornamental horticulture and from the University of Delaware with a master of science in public garden management. She has worked/interned at several botanic gardens including: the Cornell Plantations, Longwood Gardens, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, England and Royal Botanic Gardens - Edinburgh, Scotland. She served in the Education Department of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA for 17 years. Karen is currently the owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, a Massachusetts based mail order nursery offering over 150 species and varieties of epimediums along with other choice companion shade perennials.

Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade
Known by many as the ultimate ground cover for dry woodland shade, epimediums are finally getting the appreciation that they deserve. This "perfect shade perennial" possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Karen will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available, including some of the exciting new evergreen species from China. Characteristics, growth habit, propagation, pests and diseases, and designing with epimediums will also be addressed. We will even get a glimpse into the collecting trips to China made by Darrell Probst.

Gene Bush

Gene Bush, along with his wife JoAn Riley, is owner/operator of Munchkin Nursery & Gardens LLC, located in southern Indiana. Gene photographs, writes articles, and lectures from personal experience based upon growing the native, non-native mix, of plants in his home garden. Gene’s garden writing and photographs can be found in recent issues of Fine Gardening, The American Gardener magazine of American Horticulture Society, and State by State Indiana Gardening Magazine. He also writes a monthly article and a weekly blog, both located on his web site, munchkinnursery.com. First and foremost, Gene is a gardener having a good time in his garden.

10 Months of Blooms in the Shade Garden
This extended period of bloom is neither an impossible, nor difficult, goal for the mid-western gardener. There is no shortage of plants for creating color in the garden almost year-round. Despite this, there does seem to be a lack of awareness of the perennials that can be enjoyed over an extended period in a shade garden. Using a mix of native and non-native perennials for the shade or woodland garden, your garden can begin in early March till the final blooms fade in early to mid-December, depending upon your local climate. Weather changes over the past few years have created a need for tough plants to face tough times. Gene will also share his experience with perennials that can meet the challenge of change and still look good at the end of the season.

Brian Jorg

Brian Jorg is the Manager of the Native Plant Program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. This program includes the conservation, education, and promotion of native flora, focusing on efficient propagation and cultivation techniques. Brian is also a nature photographer, traveling the world to capture its beauty. His photographs have been published in various books, magazines, field guides, and the like. Additionally, Brian teaches many seminars, workshops, and classes in Cincinnati and around the region. He appears regularly on both TV and radio as a regional horticulture expert.

Woodland Wildflowers for the Native Shade Garden
Using native plants in the home landscape is currently one of the hottest trends in gardening these days. Advance your understanding of these simple beauties and discover which plants are best suited for home cultivation. We will begin by looking at spring bloomers such as bowman’s root and trillium to spectacular Lady Slipper Orchids, to the color season extending gentians and ladies tresses orchids. Learn also how to create the culture to successfully cultivate these easy to grow natives in your own home garden.

Paul Cappiello

Paul Cappiello is executive director of Yew Dell Gardens, in Crestwood, Kentucky, considered to be one of America's most unique gardens. Paul is highly regarded as a teacher, writer, garden designer, and gardener. He is known locally, nationally, and internationally for his 20 years of research of cold tolerance, propagation, nursery production, and work on selection, introduction, and evaluation of new ornamental plants. Paul holds a bachelor's degree in environmental planning and design from Rutgers University and a master's degree and doctorate in horticulture from the University of Illinois. He also holds an adjunct associate professorship with the University of Kentucky's Department of Horticulture.

Shady Characters 101: A Garden Geek’s Take on the Woody End of the Darker Garden
So many plants, so little sun! This is the mantra of the avid shade gardener. From over-story trees to mid-layer shrubs, groundcovers and vines, Dr. Cappiello will lead a tour through the best of the new and tried-and-true varieties for area shade gardens – all based on more than 30 years in academic research and public garden trials.


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