Register for the Shirley Meneice Conference ASAP
In normal years, our club may send one or two members to GCA's Shirley Meneice Horticultural Conference. This year, due to Covid-19 travel and meeting restrictions, the conference is being offered online for all garden club members, Sept 22-23, 2020. It's a great place to learn and see speakers up close from the comfort of your own home. We encourage everyone to register here before the deadline of September 18, 2020.
We're sharing the schedule here so you can review and see what you don't want to miss. Register today!
Tues Sept 22 Morning Session
All times noted here are in Pacific Standard Time.
8:00 am Welcome by Jean M. Franczyk, President and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world’s largest and most popular botanic gardens. The Garden hosts nearly
1.3 million visits a year.
8:15 am Keynote Speaker - Margaret Roach is a leading garden journalist. Her first book, A Way to Garden, which is also the name of her gardening blog and weekly podcast, reflects her passion for plants. Margaret will present her live webinar, The 365-Day Garden which she describes as her “horticulture how-to and woo-woo” for gardening no matter where in the country you live.
9:20 am Chicago Botanic Garden Walk - Join us for a journey through a living museum. Fred Spicer, executive vice president, and director will take us through the intimate garden rooms of the premier Chicago Botanic Garden. He is responsible for the stewardship of the living collections of the Garden within the context of its designed landscape, and its 27 display gardens. (Live Q&A)
9:45 am “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden) the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago. Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist has seen this urban garden grow from its gallon sized plants into a rangy tapestry of color and texture. She will guide us through this living art - a palette of texture and color blending, designed by renowned Piet Oudolf, a GCA Medalist for outstanding service to horticulture. (Live Q&A)
1:00 pm Tribute to Shirley Meneice - The epitome of an amazing woman in horticulture. Shirley was passionate about plants and also generously shared her time and talents with us at many of the conferences named in her honor. This short video represents just some of the joy she brought us.
1:10 pm Montage of Amazing Horticulturists - A gathering of extraordinary plant heroes working in all fields of horticulture: Botany, Landscape Design, Gardening, Botanical Art, Public Gardens and Permaculture. Their journey illustrates their passion for plants and how it connects us to our natural world, communities and to ourselves.
2:10 pm Want to learn how to design a garden? GCA’s Honorary member, Roy Diblik, will walk us through his garden at Northwind Perennial Farm. In his wisdom, Roy
teaches us that gardens are forever evolving, growing and constantly changing. His design and planting projects include the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the Modern Wing at the Art
Institute of Chicago, the lakeside plantings for the Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium as well as the Lurie Garden, the High Line and most recently the Oudolf Garden Detroit.
2:45 pm Demonstration of a Pot-et-Fleur - GCA club member Dora Aalbregtse will show us how to create a Pot-et-Fleur, which is a floral design technique of blending of living plants with fresh cut flowers in a container. It allows you to create beautiful and sustainable floral arrangements without the need for floral foam.
Wednesday, September 23
8:00 am Keynote Speaker - Cassandra Quave, Ph.D., GCA Chatham Medicinal Botany Fellow, ethnobotanist, herbarium curator, and assistant professor at Emory University. She will discuss “Nature’s Medicine Chest”. (Live Q& A)
8:45 am What to plant now for the last blast of your veggie garden? Lisa Hilgenberg, Horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will walk us through the bountiful Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden offering tips. (Live Q & A)
9:15 pm Rare Books of Medicinal Plants: Herbology - Explore odd notions and wisdom of the ancients. View some of the oldest herbals in the collection with Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture.
9:35 pm Installation of a Piet Oudolf Garden - Piet’s public gardens transform people and places into living art. You will have the chance to view first hand how Piet’s design is laid out on the soil using enlarged drawings and careful measurements to paint lines and plant codes. Roy Diblik, Designer and Nurseryman, and Duncan Campbell, Grounds Crew will share their enthusiasm in this new garden. (Live)
1:05 pm Secrets of a “Bulb Guru” - Jill Selinger, manager of Adult Education at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will reveal design secrets for blooming bulbs from spring to fall.
1:35 pm Tips and tricks to make a Fall Seasonal Container - Linda
Miranda, Head Gardener for Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, will take you through the step by step process of a beautiful fall container.
2:00 pm Live Wine Tasting with Terlato Wines - Did you know that wine grapes are extremely sensitive to climate and that the effects of climate change can alter the quality of the finished bottle of wine? Through a live interactive wine tasting, we will learn as we pair some sparkling, white and red wines with everyday snacks.