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Chatham’s Master of Landscape Architecture program hosts 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium with new Garden Marketplace

By: Nancy Knauss, Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
April 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2010) … The 15th annual Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium will be held Saturday, April 24 at Chatham University. Attendees will be treated to an entire day of presentations by nationally acclaimed educators and authors.

These horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics including garden design and installation, new and choice varieties of trees and shrubs, tropicals, infusing your garden with personality, and sustainable landscape management. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch as well as plenty of time to shop for plants and garden-related products at this year’s newly expanded Garden Marketplace.

For the very first time, the Garden Marketplace will be open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium. Open from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m., the Marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find annuals, perennials and shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, garden accessories, water features, botanical tiles, note cards, and more. Browsing and shopping the Garden Marketplace has never been easier, as it is entirely indoors, located in the Athletic and Fitness Center on the Chatham University campus. Plan to come early and shop for your garden and your Mother’s garden! Mother’s Day is May 9.

You can register for the Symposium by calling Phipps Garden Center at (412) 441-4442. Registration fee is $110. There is no charge to visit the Garden Marketplace. For further details, visit

Parking for the Garden Marketplace only is conveniently located in the East Lots via Laughlin Residence Hall. Click here for a campus map and locations. Click here for directions to the Athletic and Fitness Center.

The Western PA Gardening & Landscaping Symposium and Garden Marketplace are presented by Penn State ExtensionPhipps Conservatoryand Chatham University.

Symposium speakers this year:

Scott Aker is Gardens Unit Leader at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Having earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Horticulture, today Scott oversees some of the most notable plant collections in North America.

Pam Baggett, a free-lance author and photographer, is a contributing editor for Horticulture magazine. Her book, Tropicalismo! Spice Up Your Garden with Cannas, Bananas, and 93 Other Eye-Catching Tropical Plants showcases her expertise in tender and hardy tropical plants.

Florence Boogaerts received her training as a landscape designer from the New York Botanical Garden. Today, with twenty-plus years in the business, she manages her own design and installation firm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Bruce Fraedrich, Vice President of Research at the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company and Director of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, has keen interest and expertise in the diseases of landscape plants, tree risk management, vegetation management and planting.

Tovah Martin gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. Not only is she a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, Tovah’s areas of specialty also include decades of experience with tropicals. Her passion for all things growing and encased in glass has led to her most recent book, The New Terrarium, one of more than a dozen titles that Tovah has authored including Tasha Tudor’s Garden. Tovah has appeared on the CBS “Early Show” as well as many other broadcasts including the PBS television gardening series “Cultivating Life,” where she served as editorial producer.

Vincent Simeone, ornamental horticulturist, studied with well-known professors and experts, Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. He is the Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York. He has written and published four books in the past five years: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, Great Landscape Evergreens and The Wonders of the Winter Landscape.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit