Embracing resilience for sustainable gardens
Presented in order of program schedule:
Is a respected botanist, author and the director of the Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard, North Yorkshire. This 120 acre arboretum on the Castle Howard Estate involves a wide range of horticultural management duties in curating this extensive collection. John holds a doctorate in the ‘Ecology of Mt Kilimanjaro’s Forests’ from Oxford University, and he is a celebrated honorary elder of the Maasai community of Lerang’wa, Tanzania. John spent nine years restoring the historic Elwes family Garden at Colesbourne Park in Gloucestershire, which is famous for its Galanthus collection. He is Vice-Chair of the RHS Woody Plant Committee and has authored several books namely The Gardener’s Atlas in 1998; ‘Snowdrops’ in 2002, and co-authored ‘New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation’ in 2009. John travels round the world speaking on topics of conservation, trees, and of course, his passion, Galanthus. He is Editor-in-chief of the International Dendrology Society’s Tree and Shrubs Online, an encyclopaedic work covering temperate woody plants.
Friday presentation: Treasures & Pleasures: “A Plantsman’s Garden in North Yorkshire”
Sunday presentation: “Give Me Chastity, but Not Yet: The Slow Progress Towards Climate Change & Resilience in Great Britain”
Matthew Wilson is an award-winning garden and landscape designer having worked on projects from small urban gardens to master planning estates. Matthew spent ten years as curator of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall Garden, and RHS’s Yorkshire Garden Harlow Carr. He developed his private design practice (MWG) in 2016 working on projects across the UK, Europe, and North America. One of two Show Gardens designed by MWG at The RHS Chelsea Garden Show, his garden entitled “God’s Own Country” was inspired by the East Window at York Minster, the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, which won the esteemed People’s Choice Award. Matthew’s first design for the Chelsea Show was his zero irrigation “Dry Garden” for the Royal Bank of Canada. His 2022 Shenzhen Flower Show Garden named “Home” highlighted the challenges and benefits of gardens in the wider environment, won the Gold Award.
Saturday presentation: “Star Perennials for a Small Garden”
Sunday presentation: “Dynamic Planting- combining plants, materials and place”
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Author of the Teaming Series: Teaming with Microbes, Jeff also pens the longest running garden column in North America, having never missed a week in over 47 years. The combination of garden writing and law earned him the moniker “America’s Dirtiest Lawyer” making him “Lord of the Roots” now that he has retired from Law.
Jeff is a highly respected national garden writer and former President of the Garden Writers of America; a GWA Fellow, and inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame. Jeff has become a leader in the organic movement as a result of his best-selling books. He grew up as an indentured servant on his father’s hobby farm in Scarsdale, New York, where he was forced to plant, weed, mow, and pick fruits, flowers and vegetables on an 8 acre “Gentlemen’s” farm, but he escaped to Harvard College where he majored in Geology.
For many years Jeff hosted the popular show “Alaska Gardens with Jeff Lowenfels”. He is also the founder of a national program that began as a soup kitchen in Anchorage ‘Plant a Row for Beans’ which has evolved to ‘Plant a Row for the Hungry’ now popular in the U.S. and Canada resulting in the donation of tons of garden produce to feed the hungry.
Saturday presentation: “The New Soil Food Web”
Egan is a leader in the horticultural industry and currently the Parks Operations Manager for the City of Richmond, BC. He developed the Horticulture Education Program at the UBC Botanical Garden, and through his work at the UBC Urban Forestry Program and the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Adult Education Program, Egan was awarded the BC Landscapes and Nursery Trades Association’s Educator of the Year in 2016.
Egan’s career in public horticulture includes Park & Tilford Gardens, The Mendel Floral Conservatory & Gothenburg Botanical Garden and Klinta Gardens in Sweden. Egan is highly regarded in BC and Canada in the field of community engagement and the study of horticulture.
Saturday presentation: “Ecologically Modelled Planting Design”
Daniel is the UBC Botanical Garden’s Research Manager. He specialized in taxonomy while completing his BScN at UBC. Daniel grew up on a grain farm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he loved bird-watching in magical places like Oak Hammock Marsh, and mucking about with his family. The pursuit of wildflowers like gentians and lady’s slippers on these family trips honed his interest in plants. Daniel is currently developing the scientific and archival information program at the botanical garden for research and public audiences. Many of the plant records at UBCBG are supplemented by Daniel’s expert photography. Daniel was instrumental in developing the educational outreach program “Botany Photo of the Day” at UBC Botanical Garden.
Sunday presentation: “Plant Communications”