Hydrangea University 8:30 am -12:15 pm

July 12, 2019

Check-in & Coffee: 8:30 am – 9 am

Speakers: 9 am – 12:15 pm

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society (CCHS) and Heritage Museum and Gardens are pleased to again partner and present the fourth edition of our annual Hydrangea University – the premier opening event of the annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.


C.L. Fornari Hydrangeas: Game of Thrones, Moans and Zones New varieties, propagation, flowering, insects and more. Hear The Garden Lady address common questions and concerns about Cape Cod’s Signature Shrub. Find new varieties that are more bud-hardy, shorter, or have unusual flowers. Hear about how to grow Hydrangeas in pots for porch or patio décor. Learn about strategies for floppy plants, chilli thrips management, browning flowers and more. C.L. Fornari is the author of eight books and numerous articles. She’s currently the host of GardenLine, on WXTK and co-host of the Plantrama podcast. CL speaks to horticultural trade shows, gardening groups and public gatherings, and she runs a consultation service and writes for Hyannis Country Garden, an independent garden center on the Cape. Her not-so-secret mission is to get horticulture back into pop culture… in the meantime she cultivates plants at Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod and blogs at www.GardenLady.com

Mike DuVall Selecting Plants for Growers and Gardeners: Star Roses and Plants Top Hydrangeas Everyone wants success in their gardens, and choosing the right plants is the key to that success! Learn industry insights on this important topic from someone in the business of choosing plants: Mike Duvall, Woody Ornamentals Program Manager for Star® Roses and Plants. Find out how to pick the hydrangeas that will flourish and bloom in your garden and get the inside scoop on “Cherry Explosion,” this year’s Hydrangea University take-home plant, generously donated by Star® Roses and Plants. Mike DuVall is the Woody Ornamental Program Manager at Star® Roses and Plants. He is a graduate of University of Georgia with a degree in horticulture and has over 34 years of experience in the industry.

Sandra Jones Designing a Year-Round Garden with Hydrangeas Sandra Jonas, garden designer, garden blogger, garden enthusiast will examine some of the best uses of hydrangeas in a garden setting. Sandra is a long time member of the American Hydrangea Society. In fact, she designed the garden of Penny McHenry, the founder of the American Hydrangea Society, for whom the ‘Penny Mac’ hydrangea is named. She will share photos of notable gardens including Penny McHenry’s garden and also that of Margaret Moseley whose garden was frequently included in the annual tour of gardens organized by the American Hydrangea Society in the Atlanta area. Many gardens featuring hydrangeas will be presented and she will focus on the elements that make each garden a success. Sandra will discuss the organizing principles of a garden; that for it truly to be a garden, it must have structure and a narrative. As she says, “Without these organizing principles, one simply has a collection of plants, or chaos.” Her philosophy is that a garden is a refuge, an ongoing work of art to be honed and nurtured. Sandra Jonas is the owner of Recreating Eden Landscape Design. She has been designing noteworthy landscapes for over 20 years, from residential gardens of all types to public parks, cemeteries, and restorations of historic sites. Her garden designs have been profiled as cover stories by Southern Living and Atlanta Magazine’s Home and have been highlighted in the regional lifestyle magazine Oconee Living. The work she did on American Hydrangea Society founder Penny McHenry’s Atlanta garden has been widely photographed, appearing in such notable media outlets as Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, and HGTV. A garden she created to complement a stately home designed by noted Southern architect William Frank McCall, Jr. received accolades when the property was chosen to be the LaGrange Symphony Guild’s show house in 2006. An avid plant collector and gardener herself, Sandra has created a sweeping series of gardens around her antebellum home in Hogansville, Georgia. Her own garden, planned for four-season interest, appeared in an extensive photo feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sandra wrote a monthly garden column for 85 South magazine and has also lent her expertise to special projects. Prior to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, she headed the design team for equestrian competition courses. She also participated in an ambitious verification project at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, helping to identify the exact genus and species of all plants in the living collections. Sandra holds the Certificate in Landscape Design from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts./p

Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society Display Garden and the North American Hydrangea Test Garden. Admission to all of Heritage Museums & Gardens will also be included with registration, and each participant will receive a goodie bag and a hydrangea plant to take home. Advance registration is recommended, as space is limited. You can register at www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Fee: $55 Members and Cape Cod Hydrangea Society , $65 Non-Members


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