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Apr 5, 2021
Registration Now Open for PPA 2021 Virtual National Symposium

The Perennial Plant Association recently announced that registration is now open for the annual symposium, hosting this year as the PPA Virtual National Symposium from July 27 to July 29.

Inspiration for the program is drawn from the theme Celebrating Perennials: People, Place & Purpose as speakers join us from places like Italy, Britain, Brooklyn, Denver and beyond. A few of the topics being presented include the latest on trial reports, the native conundrum of supply and demand, foliage and texture, what does biodiversity really mean, and inspiration from public and private gardens.

A few speaker highlights include:

Dan Pearson is a British horticulturist, landscape designer, writer and gardener. His international work for public and private clients is widely celebrated and is characterized by an innate sensitivity to place and deep-rooted horticultural knowledge. Check out his gardening journal, Dig Delve, his studio work at Dan Pearson Studio and his most recent book Tokachi Millennium Forest.

Giacomo Guzzon is an Italian horticulturist currently teaching planting design at the University of Sheffield, University of Greenwich in London and KLC School of Design in London. In addition to his academic activities, he is a Senior Landscape Architect and Head of Planting Design at the international landscape architecture firm Gillespies. Giacomo will lead a session titled Creating Resilient and Biodiverse Plant Communities in Urban Areas.

Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. By day, she is the Director of Horticulture for Brooklyn Bridge Park while in her free time, she writes about landscape management and pollination ecology, and designs gardens. In her session, she will discuss the ecological strategies employed by the park’s designers, as well as the management techniques park staff have developed to cultivate biodiverse parkland. 


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