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Our local area is blessed with a host of experts on perennial plants. Take advantage of this education day to hear the latest from our local nationally-recognized perennial professionals: Mike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, Jayne Roberts, and Dr. Neil Anderson.

When: 3/31/2015
From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Bachman's Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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Popular Perennials for Local Landscapes

March 31, 2015 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Bachman's Heritage Room | 6010 Lyndale Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55419


Registration:  9:30am-10:00am

Program: 10:00am–4:00pm

Morning coffee and lunch are included.


Our local area is blessed with a host of experts on perennial plants. Take advantage of this education day to hear the latest from these nationally-recognized perennial professionals.


During the course of the day, write down your questions and our expert panel will share their knowledge in the forum at the end of the day.



The Art of Perennial Combinations

One of the most desirable things about designing with perennials is the myriad of combination possibilities that they afford in the landscape. Though we often think first about bloom aspects, in reality, foliage color and texture along with plant form are equally as important. This presentation features some exciting examples that illustrate these principals and will get you thinking about other possible combinations that you can put together.


Michael Heger has worked in both public and private horticulture. He spent the first 15 years of his career at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In 1985, along with his wife Jean, he opened a niche perennial nursery called Ambergate Gardens. Recently retired from the nursery, Heger now spends his time lecturing, writing and consulting on issues related to perennials in northern gardens. Mike is the author of "Perennials A to Z", a series of articles that were originally published in Minnesota Horticulturist and co-author of "Growing Perennials in Cold Climates", a gardening book written specifically for the colder regions of this country.



New Varieties

This presentation will include not only new varieties just coming onto the marketplace, but a number of stellar newer varieties that have been released in the past years that have had the opportunity to be tested in Minnesota gardens.


Debbie Lonnee has a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota.  The first thirteen years of her career she worked in the retail garden center business, managing a large Twin Cities garden center.  For the last twenty-one years  she has worked as a production coordinator at Bailey Nurseries, working primarily with the perennial and bedding plant crops, as well as roses and woody plants.  She was promoted to manager of the Planning and Administration department in 2006 and is actively involved in new plant introductions.  She is currently responsible for new plant acquisitions.  She is an avid gardener, and has a collectors garden full of hostas, daylilies and perennials, as well as many new annuals.  Lonnee considers herself a ‘plant geek’!  You won’t find too much lawn in her yard! 

Lunch:  12:15pm—1:15pm



Enhancing the Shady Landscape with Astilbes and Heucheras

This presentation will take a look at historical varieties and recent Introductions of both Astilbes and Heucheras.


As sales rep for a number of leading U.S. wholesale growers of cutting edge perennials, Jayne Roberts is on top of all the brand new cultivars being introduced in 2015. With over 30 years of experience with perennials, Roberts knows what works in Minnesota gardens and can recommend new varieties that will be top performers for you. Jayne’s fabulous photography will get your plant lust juices flowing, and her speaking style will both entertain and educate.



Hardy Mums

Perennial mums are still the #1 herbaceous perennial in sales! Get in on and ride this fall flowering delight to the bank. Due to its frequent misuse, this term continues to plague customers, retailers and growers alike. Learn about the issues that caused this term to be so confusing and how to ensure that you grow and/or sell products that have excellent performance as hardy herbaceous perennials.  Best practices will be presented for fall and spring care of herbaceous perennials (cutback, division) and summer growing conditions to maximize full plant size and bloom potentials.


Dr. Neil Anderson is a floriculture breeder/geneticist (associate professor) who directs the herbaceous perennial breeding program at the University of Minnesota.  Anderson also has experience in the commercial flower seed industry as a flower breeder and new crop specialist. He directs the herbaceous perennial winter hardiness trials (Minnesota Tough & Terrific™ program). His areas of expertise include new crop development, winter hardiness, reproductive biology, interspecific crossing, and preventing invasiveness. His research program is focused on winter hardiness and invasiveness of herbaceous perennials.



Ask the Experts

Have your questions answered by our panel of perennial experts: Mike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, Jayne Roberts and Neil Anderson.

Please contact MNLA if you have additional questions - or 651-633-4987.


Morning coffee and lunch are included.


Parking is free. Please park in the far north parking lot. The spots in the main lot are reserved for Bachman's customers.


MNLA Registration Refund Policy: For all MNLA education events, MNLA will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days in advance of the event. In the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.

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