Dedicated to the Cultivation and Study of Hardy Herbaceous Perennials

Fall Study Day – Saturday 28th October, 2017

Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver



Our speakers will each give two talks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon


Head Gardener, Sissinghurst, England

Troy Scott Smith

Troy Scott Smith


In May 2013 Troy Scott Smith took up his position as Head Gardener at Sissinghurst with a mission to revitalize the garden.

Troy ’s gardening career has taken place primarily in two of the UK’s most beautiful gardens.  He started his gardening career in 1990 as a student gardener at Bodnant, North Wales and later went on to spend five years as senior gardener at Sissinghurst.  Troy then headed back to Bodnant as Head Gardner from 2006 to 2013, in the interim having been head gardener at The Courts, Wiltshire and curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

Troy will give us two talks in October, details of which will be published at a later date.




Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, Wisconsin, USA

Roy Diblik

Roy Diblik


Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery located in Burlington, Wisconsin, USA.  He is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, a sought-after speaker and author. Since 1978 he has combined his years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials; he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

Roy’s recent work includes the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago.

His book “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” highlights his perennial gardening practice.

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