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New plants are what make gardener’s hearts skip a beat. Each year, many of us drool over the latest offerings at the nursery or read intently about up-and-coming perennials in our favorite magazine. But a lot of the time, you never hear about that plant again. After all, just because a plant is “new” doesn’t mean its “good”. Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden has spent much of his career trialing plants. Each year he puts new offerings into the test gardens at CBG and monitors their overall performance. Do these new plants have a good habit? Do they get diseases easily? Do they come back reliably after a harsh winter (or four winters)? Over the past few years Richard has developed a list of newer plants that have done quite well in the trials—plants that he feels confident enough to recommend to gardeners—and even plant in his own landscape. In this webinar you’ll find out which new plants are worthy of your hard earned dollar.

Seminar: 1 hour followed 30 minute Q & A
Thu, Jan 21, 2021 · 7:00 PM EST
Richard Hawke
Plant evaluation manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden
Richard Hawke’s nickname should be Mr. Plant. As the plant evaluation manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden he has researched, monitored, and written about more plants than most. Since 1986 his area of focus at CBG has been ornamental plant evaluation, invasive species testing of wild-collected and ornamental plants, and the evaluation of native and cultivated plants for green roofs. In his “spare” time you’ll find Richard organizing events for the Perennial Plant Association in his role as regional director of the Midwest. When he’s not doing all that, you’ll likely find him stuck in Chicago commuter traffic—or tending his own incredible garden.
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