Iowa Arboretum Relief Webinar
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm

Help the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens raise funds to recover from the devastating destruction
of the derecho that swept through central Iowa on August 10, 2020. Of the Arboretum’s 700+
trees on the main 40 acre campus, over 275 were destroyed, roughly 40% of our entire
Join curator Tyler Johnson as he interviews some industry friends that were happy to share
some interesting and entertaining stories from their times in horticulture. Whether you are an
industry professional, home gardener, or just antsy for spring, these talks are sure to have
something for everyone!











Brie Arthur:

Known for her leadership with the national Foodscape movement and her lively, information packed presentations, Brie Arthur is a celebrated speaker and bestselling author. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator she now shares her expertise as a correspondent on the Emmy award winning PBS Television show “Growing a Greener World”. You can follow Brie’s gardening journey through her website, or her social media and YouTube channel, Brie the Plant Lady.




Facebook:  Brie Grows

Instagram: @Brietheplantlady

YouTube:  Brie The Plant Lady












Kelly D. Norris:

Kelly D. Norris is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation. An award- winning author and plantsman, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening and Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances. His passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology has culminated in a new book New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden which debuts 2021 from Cool Springs Press. Kelly also presents plants for Cottage Farms Direct on QVC and lectures widely to consumer and industry audiences.












Austin Eischeid:

Austin is an independent garden design consultant based in Chicago who specializes in designing dynamic naturalistic plantings using strong perennials and grasses with all season interest. He has travelled extensively to seek out the best in horticulture in order to hone in on his plant knowledge and planting design skills. After studying Horticulture at Iowa State University, Austin traveled to places like Hermannshof Garden in Germany where he worked under the direction of Cassian Schmidt, Orchard Dene Nursery in England, and Chanticleer Garden in Philadelphia. Some of his more recent work has been installing new display gardens at Midwest Groundcovers Nursery, as well as the redesign of the landscape master plan at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. In addition to his practice, he collaborates with mentors and colleagues Piet Oudolf and Roy Diblik on a number of projects.











Dan Heims:

Dan Heims has spent the last 32 years deeply involved in horticulture and his job description dictates that he must “travel the world and seek the newest perennials”. He is currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., a company noted for its new introductions to horticulture. Dan’s articles and photography have been featured in a number of magazines. He has taught horticulture courses, wholesaled exotic plants, and run his own design and build landscape business. He has hosted a weekly gardening show on radio (KKSN) and has appeared on U.S. (HGTV) and British television (BBC). Dan’s garden has been featured in Sunset Magazine, Organic Gardening, and Better Homes and Gardens. His perennial breeding programs have produced many international gold and silver medal winners. He has spoken around the United States, in Japan, England, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Australia, and Canada. Dan has written a book of horticultural humor called The Garden Clerk’s Dictionary and one on Heucheras and Heucherellas with Grahame Ware of British Columbia, now out by Timber Press.


Suzanne Wainwright-Evans:

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is a horticultural entomologist specializing in integrated pest management.  Suzanne has been involved in the Green Industry for more than 30 years with a primary focus on biological control and using pesticides properly.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in both Entomology and Environmental Horticulture.  She has worked throughout the United States and internationally consulting to greenhouses, nurseries, landscapers, cannabis production and interiorscape companies.   Additionally Suzanne is frequently published in trade magazines, teaches workshops and lectures professionally to industry groups. Her lectures use her extensive library of insect photos and macro insect movies.  She is the owner of Buglady Consulting, now in business 20 years.











Jim Nau:

Jim Nau recently retired from his role as the Cultural Advisor and Horticultural Historian to the Ball Horticultural Company after 37 years, a recipient of the Perennial Plants Association’s Garden Media Award, and a speaker at gardening conferences across the U.S. and Canada, as well as China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. He is the author of the Ball Culture Guide, The Ball Perennial Manual and editor of the Ball RedBook 18th and 19th editions. He has been President of All-America Selections, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and has received a number of honors and accolades from the horticultural industry.

Spring Fever Symposium
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Spring Fever Symposium

Karen Chapman will give her talk by Zoom. A link and handout will be sent before the lecture. 

Topic:   Ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes
We all have sections of our garden that we are less than satisfied with, yet understanding what has gone wrong can be frustrating. Instinct sends us shopping for more plants and we typically gravitate towards whatever is blooming that day in the hope that the injection of fresh color will solve the problem. Yet as we add in these new treasures the sense of dissatisfaction quickly grows, especially when the flowers finish blooming and we are left with a muddled sea of nondescript leaves.
In this presentation, I will explain the importance of establishing focal points, a key component of good garden design, and analyze three areas where they play an important role. We will explore the use of containers, structures, water features and artistic sculptural elements as focal points and discuss how to frame and enhance these with interesting foliage to create a memorable vignette. With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.

Karen Chapman

Karen’s Bio

Born in England, she grew up with a trowel in her hand.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 she joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later she established Le Jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process.

In the recent past, she has taught container gardening at Edmonds Community College and continues to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well as offering a range of online learning opportunities .

With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, she frequently gives presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries and garden clubs.

When she is not teaching garden design or talking about it she is writing about it, and her articles and designs have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine GardeningCountry GardensSunset, and Garden Design. She has co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz: the award-winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and the next book Deer-Resistant Design is due for release in July 2019 (Timber Press).

She specializes in creating artistic plant combinations with a four-season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs.