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2018 Spring Symposium

March 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The 2018 Spring Symposium will Feature Megan Cain, Richard Hawke and Mark Dwyer.
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Megan Cain

Megan will present Beyond the Herb Rack: There are few greater delights than grabbing a handful of fresh herbs to complete your evening meal. And creatively incorporating herbs into your garden design can help elevate your garden from ordinary to extraordinary!

She will share the simple step by step process of building an herb spiral to add structure and interest to your garden. In addition, Megan will share how to artistically mix herbs into your plantings, unique and colorful varieties to grow, and super easy ways to preserve herbs for off season use.

Richard Hawk

Richard will present Perennial Favorites: Old and New,  focusing on a variety of proven plants from 30 years of trials, including new selections and old favorites. He is the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Manager. Richard is responsible for the comparative evaluation of perennials and woody plants each year.

He is the principal author of Plant Evaluation Notes, an author and contributing editor for Fine Gardening, and writes for other horticulture publications such as Perennial Plants, The American Gardener, and Nursery Management.

In 2005, Richard received the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award for teaching excellence, and the Plant Evaluation Program received the Award for Program Excellence from the American Public Garden Association in 2008.The Chicago Botanic Garden has been evaluating and recommending superior garden plants to home gardeners and the green industry since 1988.

Mark Dwyer

Mark will present Hardscaping in the Garden, while plants are an important component in our garden spaces, the uses of paths, patios, decks, fences, rocks and other “hardscaping” elements are also vital in creating and defining a beautiful and functional garden space.

He has been the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI for the past 19 years.  He directs the continued maintenance and improvement of this 20 acre botanical resource with a talented grounds staff and many dedicated volunteers.

Previously, Mark worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden (Niles, MI) and as a landscape designer in Appleton, WI.  Mark has degrees in landscape architecture (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and urban forestry (UW-Stevens Point).  Mark’s true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all types of plants.

Event Details

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check-in will run 8-8:45 a.m.

Check-in: Doors will open at 8 a.m. You may check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast, a walk through the Gardens, or take a peek at the silent auction table. You will not be able to access the facility or tour the Gardens prior to 8 a.m.

Cost: Register from January 1 – February 28 and receive the Early bird discount: $65 RBG Members, $75 General Admission. Price valid Jan. 1- April 28 (11:59 pm)

Register March 1 – March 14*: $65 RBG Members, $85 General Admission.

*No refunds after March 10 (11:59 pm) Tickets are non-transferable.

Cost includes speaker handouts and educational materials, instruction and activity, continental breakfast  and lunch catered by The SweetSpot of Whitewater, and access to Rotary Botanical Gardens’ grounds.

Lunch: Please select your lunch preference when you register for this event. If you have questions regarding the lunch or if you require a specialty lunch, please email education@rotarygardens.org

Please Note:

Deadline to Register: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 or while tickets last.

Advance tickets/registration is required for this event and you must register online. This event is limited to 130 people. Refunds will not be available for this program after March 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises. You must pay and register prior to attending this event. If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by an adult, who is also required to purchase a ticket.

Refunds: Refunds will not be available for this program after March 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.


March 17, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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