Smart Gardening Conference slated for Marquette

posted on August 12, 2013 1:46pm

CONTACT: Rebecca Finneran, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 616-332-3282, OR Mary Wilson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 248-347-0269, ext. 209

Smart Gardening Conference slated for Marquette

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Richard Hawke, plant trial evaluations manager at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, will headline the Smart Gardening Conference, slated for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Mich.

The conference, organized by Michigan State University Extension, will feature Hawke’s keynote address, “Smart Perennials for Michigan Landscapes.” Rufus Isaacs, professor in the MSU Department of Entomology, will present a session called “Gardening Smartly for Bees and other Pollinators.” Both are morning sessions.

Hawke is author of the book “Plant Evaluation Notes” and is an instructor in the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. In 2005, he received the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award for teaching excellence. He is a contributing editor for Fine Gardening magazine and also writes regularly for horticulture publications such as Perennial Plants and The American Gardener. He has worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1985.

Isaacs’ session will give gardeners the information they need to positively affect Michigan’s native bee population and help pollinators thrive in their backyards.

In the afternoon, Rebecca Finneran’s session is called “Greening your Garden … A Smart Gardener’s Journey,” and a session by Mary Wilson is “Native Trees and Shrubs with Bling!” Both Finneran and Wilson are MSU educators. Finneran’s presentation will give participants ideas for plants and design that are water-smart, pest-free and low-input. Wilson’s session will provide participants with information about native trees and shrubs that are bright and colorful in various seasons.

The $50 admission includes a catered lunch from noon to 1 p.m. To register online, visit

For additional information, contact Finneran at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 616-332-3283, or Wilson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 248-347-0269, ext. 209.


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