Live Sessions

Below are the live education sessions included with the Marketplace Only Pass and the Education Pass.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:30am-11:30am

Layered Plantings for an Extended Season
Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter House and Gardens 
Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter in Northiam, England and holder of the Royal Horticulture Society Victoria Medal of Honour, discuss how to combine plants, considering sense of place, color, shape, texture, and repetition. Learn how to contrast plants, how to add punctuation in a border, and how to create intimacy, movement, and balance.

Sponsored By: Millennium Park Foundation

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 1:30pm-2:30pm 

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
Jeff Joutras, Step Forward Into Growth Leadership 
We spend a large portion of our days “communicating” and yet communication challenges persist in our companies. We’re not listening as well as we could and we’re not connecting with others like we should. Much of our communication focuses on being efficient vs being effective and we miss out on huge opportunities with each other. How well do you really know your fellow employees and why should you even care? Does your communication style resonate with your teams? Connecting has so many benefits in everyday life including increasing employee engagement which impacts productivity, employee retention and improved morale. Learn the principles of connecting and the practical ways you can get better in this session.

Sponsored By: RentalMax

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm

The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart, Author 
Join Amy for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world. It’s the compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor that Stewart is known for.

Not eligible for CEU’s, recording not available. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:30am-11:30am

Lessons from the Garden: How the Garden Continues to Teach and Inspire
Paul Zammit, Niagara College – Environment Division
Each garden season brings a renewed sense of excitement, hope and opportunity, not to mention, often a unique set of challenges as well.  Have you ever noticed how one garden season is never like the last?  How about how a garden and a gardener change over time? Join Paul as he shares his passion and years of experience caring for gardens to discuss how this translates into an amazing opportunity to never stop learning and growing. Paul believes, gardens of all sizes, have the incredible potential to teach us and inspire us, and he looks forward to sharing some of the lessons the garden has taught him.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 1:30pm-2:30pm 

Building Your Landscape Team for Success – Becoming the Employer of Choice in Your Market
Judson Griggs, Harvest Landscape Consulting Group 
Finding enough qualified employees in this time of record unemployment is a huge challenge. Keeping your key employees makes it that much harder to manage and grow your business. In this interactive presentation, we will review the “Top 10 Ways to Find the Employees you Need”. Some of these unique ideas may be the way to fill your team’s personnel needs for 2021 and beyond.

Sponsored By: Ariens & Gravely

Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm 

Sensational Shrubs
Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD
Shrubs offer color, texture and form throughout our landscapes. There are such a wide and diverse array of selections for the landscape with new and improved varieties coming out every year. We’ll examine a wide range of durable and beautiful shrubs for both sun and shade that will liven up the landscape. We’ll discuss some of the best new varieties and established favorites that have wide applicability and use in our variable garden settings.

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