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Woody Plant Conference

Woody Plants for the Mid-Atlantic Region
& How to Use them in Landscapes

Friday, July 19, 2024
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

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The Woody Plant Conference was created to educate, prompt, and stimulate conversation about woody plants in our landscapes among nursery and garden center personnel, landscape designers, horticulturists, and keen gardeners.

Each year, the conference committee chooses experienced, knowledgeable speakers to share their interest and knowledge of woody plants. The committee attempts to create a balanced conference by selecting lectures for all members of our audience. The committee members strive to:

  • Effectively address commercial/retail issues
  • Take an in-depth look at specific genera of woody plants
  • Explore how to use woody plants in the landscape and how to handle practical issues, such as pest and disease management

The Woody Plant Conference provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest woody plant trends and meet and share your experiences with other woody plant advocates.

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The 2024 Woody Plant Conference is co-sponsored by ChanticleerLongwood GardensMorris Arboretum & Gardensthe Pennsylvania Horticultural Societythe Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and Tyler Arboretum.


11th Annual Tree Canopy Conference: UNSEEN

Friday, October 18, 2024  • 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Haverford College

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The Tree Canopy Conference is an annual symposium that brings together a variety of green industry professionals and other stakeholders who work with and care about our region’s urban forest. Conference participants will further their knowledge, connect with others in the industry, and gain continuing education units towards their credentials.

This year's conference will include six presentations by speakers who will explore the unseen elements of our urban forest. While some parts of trees and the green industry are visible, others are underground or less easily observed—our speakers at the 11th Annual Tree Canopy Conference will dive into some of these topics, including soils, fungi, root systems, dendrochronology, trees and the air, the social dimensions of urban forestry, and more. 

The conference will also include an optional walking tour of the Haverford College Arboretum with the Philadelphia Mycology Club, and a separate opportunity for attendees to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Haverford College Arboretum’s extensive tree collection.

The Conference will be held on Friday, October 18, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Haverford College in the Stokes Hall Auditorium and is a partnership between the Morris Arboretum & Gardens and Haverford College Arboretum.


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Each year the Morris Arboretum & Gardens partners with a variety of organizations to convene conferences for professionals in plant related fields.  Our conferences are of interest to professional arborists, landscape architects, professional horticulturists, and avid home gardeners.  Each conference carries continuing education units (CEU’s) for arborists and landscape architects.  Our annual conferences include:

  • The Ecological Landscape Design Symposium held in January in partnership with New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) and Connecticut College.
  • The Woody Plant Conference held in July in partnership with Scott Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer, PHS, and Tyler Arboretum.
  • The Tree Canopy Conference held in October in partnership with Haverford College.