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Garden Expo 2018 Lecture Handouts


Sustainable Gardens: Meadows and Gravel Gardens

FRIDAY, 1:45 p.m.

Jeff, Director of Horticulture
Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons - they're good for the environment, and they're good for us. Jeff will show you how Olbrich and others have replaced traditional lawns and perennial borders with sustainable and beautiful grass and flowering meadows and low maintenance gravel gardens, based on concepts developed by German horticulturist Cassian Schmidt.

Meadows and Gravel Gardens Handout (PDF)


The Year in Review: Horticultural Highlights in 2017 at Olbrich & Beyond

FRIDAY, 4 p.m.

Erin, Horticulturist
Erin Presley, Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Every day in the garden is different, and the loveliest garden moments are often fleeting. During this informal presentation, Olbrich Botanical Garden horticulturist Erin Presley will share a "grab bag" of favorite plants, techniques, and garden experiences from the past year, as well as ideas from her two-week stint as a "guest gardener" at Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania. We hope you leave with renewed inspiration for an exciting year of gardening ahead!

Horticultural Highlights Handout (PDF)


To Bee or Not to Bee

Katey - HorticulturistFRIDAY, 6:45 p.m.

Katey Pratt, Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

What does your garden look like from a bee's perspective? In this presentation you will learn basic bee garden design and interesting facts about certain specialist bees.

To Bee or Not to Bee Handout (PDF)


The Cutting Edges of Sedges

SATURDAY, 3:30 p.m.

Phillip Stutz, Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sedges are increasingly popular garden plants. These adaptable, grass-like plants offer gardeners design options for any garden situation. In this presentation, Stutz will talk about some of the best sedges and how they can be used in the garden.

Cutting Edges of Sedges Handout (PDF)


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