American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Horticultural Forms of Native American Plants: Convergence or Controversy?
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Albion A
M. Montefusco, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, New Jersey; E. Boyle, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware; E. Collins, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California; M. Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, Massachusetts; C. Regelbrugge, AmericanHort, Columbus, Ohio


Native plants and the restoration of natural ecosystems have received increasing attention over the past few decades, both in theoretical discussions and in practical terms. This session is based on the premise that selected forms of native plants offer gardeners an opportunity to enjoy many—although perhaps not all—of the advantages offered by using native plants, without sacrificing visual excitement. There is an element of controversy in this thesis, since many native species advocates are adamantly opposed to the use of selected forms in “native” plantings, gardens, or ecosystems. A discussion by interested, qualified professionals will help shed light on this controversy.

This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.