Spring Fever Symposium

Saturday, April 5, 2014

10am - 3pm

Join us for this fifth annual educational event full of information to jumpstart your spring gardening. This year's speaker is the nationally renowned senior curator of the Denver Botanic Garden, Panayoti Kelaidis. He will give two programs, the first entitled "Petite Gems for your Iowa Garden: alpines to spice up troughs, slopes, and borders." The second is "Nature Rocks! Using stones naturalistically to enhance garden spaces".

Panayoti Kelaidis is the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, speaking, curating, and plant introductions including the high honor of winning the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College. Lauren Springer Ogden, the Arboretum's first Spring Fever Symposium speaker, says this about Panayoti "Among rock gardeners, he is considered one of the premier practitioners of the art and science of alpine gardening." LINK to her full article in Horticulture at http://www.hortmag.com/gardens-and-gardeners/great-gardeners/rare-plantsman-panayoti-kelaidis or check out his blog at www.prairiebreak.blogspot.com.

The day includes morning coffee, lunch from the South Union Bakery, and sales of alpines, troughs and soil mixtures. Early bird pricing is in effect until March 22nd with the event being limited to 100 participants. We anticipate a sell-out crowd for this popular speaker, so register early online at www.iowaarboretum.org or call 515-795-3216. Arboretum members: $45; non-members: $55 until March 22nd; $55 (members) and $65 (non-members) after March 22nd.

Iowa Arboretum Membership

We would also like to give you an opportunity to become a member of the Iowa Arboretum or to renew your existing membership. Take advantage of the reduced registration fees for members. Memberships are for one year and may begin at any time. Members receive reduced rates for workshops and events, the quarterly Arboretum newsletter, a 10% discount in the gift shop and reciprocal admission privileges at many other botanical gardens and aboreta.

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