Thanks to everyone who attended Dr. Allan Armitage's recent lecture.
We had over 300 attendees for an educational morning and afternoon of interesting stories and discussion on perennials and otherexciting plant material.
Dr. Allan Armitage
Dr Armitage & The Perennial Farm Team
The Perennial Farm Educational seminar
Internationally acclaimed horticulturist Dr. Allan Armitage
“Native Plants for North American Gardens”
Overview: Dr. Armitage is a world-renowned writer, speaker and researcher specializing in horticulture. Dr. Armitage received his Bachelor of Science from McGill University in Quebec and received his Master of Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario. He obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State. Dr. Armitage has written over 400 articles and papers in journals such as Horticulture Magazine, American Nurseryman and Grower Talks among others. He writes a monthly column for Greenhouse Grower Magazine and is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening Magazine. He has authored 11 books and is best known for his classroom and reference text, Herbaceous Garden Perennials, a Treatise of Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes, which is now in its third edition (2008).
Dr. Armitage is also an accomplished photographer with more than 3000 published photos. Dr. Armitage’s research is multi-faceted. His long interest in new crops for the garden, greenhouse, and field has taken him to gardens all over the world. His New Crop Program is well known and has resulted in numerous introductions to the ornamental trade including Verbena 'Homestead Purple', Sweet Potato ‘Margarita’ and the first sun tolerant Coleus, introduced as the sun lovers series. His selected plants are now promoted nationally under the banner Athens Select which are specifically plants Dr. Armitage suggests for their heat and humidity tolerance. Athens Select plants include Cleome ‘Linde Armstrong’, Turnera ‘El Dorado’ and Ruellia ‘Ragin Cajin’.
Recently his research has focused on the utilization of woody shrubs for the greenhouse and retail industry. Dr. Armitage believes that the advent of more dwarf, colorful shrubs will join the greenhouse growers and the woody plant industry in cooperation to produce these plants in smaller containers for the consumer market. Dr. Armitage has received numerous awards including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Clubs of America, the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society and the Golden Travel Award for his book Allan Armitage on Perennials, the prestigious Scott Medal from the Scott Foundation in Swarthmore, PA, the celebrated George Robert White Medal of Honor from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, as well as many other awards.
Some of the lecture topics: If a breeder, a distributor, a producer, a retailer and a consumer sit at a poker table, who holds the best cards to predict what plants the consumer will buy? Drawing the line or definition of what is considered to be ‘native’ from modern cultivars of straight species, to plants introduced by Europeans, to cross breeding. What’s commercially viability? Hot button issues like sustainability, native plants, and lifestyle are often used, what do they really mean? Dr. Armitage will discuss his travels and talks with industry leaders, landscapers, and gardeners. He also will present the very best plants he has researched at the world-famous Trial Gardens at the U. of Georgia and will discuss eye-popping, low-maintenance plants that have thrived in the most brutal summers.