Gardeners of all levels will find something illuminating at the 2013 PHS
Philadelphia Flower Show, “Brilliant!” The Speaker Series will feature nationally and internationally renowned experts, including British horticultural stars and 25 of the top gardening and greening authorities in the United States, who will share knowledge and advice on everything from green walls and green roofs, to ornamental gardens and edible landscapes, to tree and lawn care, and much more.
The free lecture and how-to series will be held in Room 201C along the Grand Concourse of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s highlights include:
Mark Lane, MVO, is Gardens Manager for The Royal Household. Mark began working at Buckingham Palace in 1979 and was appointed Head Gardener in 1992. He became the Gardens Manager in 2003 when his role was enlarged to encompass Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and Marlborough House. He is a member of a number of notable horticultural institutions including the International Dendrology Society and the International Oak Society, and also judges for both the Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom. Mark will present on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.
Raymond J. Evison, OBE, VMH, is a nurseryman, lecturer, author, photographer, and founder of the Guernsey Clematis Nursery, who has introduced more than 100 clematis species cultivars. Evison’s most recent clematis introductions have focused on compact ornamental clematis cultivars more suitable for small gardens. His presentation, “Clematis for Today’s Gardens,” will take place on Saturday, March 2
Melinda Myers is a nationally known gardening expert, television/radio host, author, and columnist with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has written many gardening books, including “Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening,” and hosts the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” segments which air on more than 115 television and radio stations throughout the United States. She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes a twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda will teach Flower Show visitors how to “Add Brilliance Indoors and Outdoors with Fresh Flowers” on Monday, March 4.
Barbara Damrosch, called the “queen of organic growers” by the New York Times, is one of the nation’s most respected garden experts and writers. She is the author of “Theme Gardens” and “The Garden Primer,” and writes a weekly column for the Washington Post called “A Cook’s Garden.” She appeared as a regular correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden, and co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally for The Learning Channel. Her presentation, “Feasting from the Garden Year-Round,” will be offered Sunday, March 10.
Visit our website to learn more about the daily speakers, garden topics, and the full series schedule.