2020 Symposia

Spring Symposium

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March 21, 2020

8:00 a.m. Registration Begins

  • Morning Refreshments
  • Visit the Cottage Garden Gallery!

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

9:15 a.m. Michael Jesiolowski – Have Plants, Will Travel

10:45 a.m. Morning Break

  • Book Signing with Bobbie Schwartz

11:15 a.m. Bobbie Schwartz – Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden Your Dreams

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Mark Dwyer – Cool Plants to Know and Grow

2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Wrap-up
  • Fill out your evaluations and turn in lanyards

3:00 p.m. End of program

Thank you for coming, and we hope to see you for our fall symposium on

November 7, 2020!

Speaker Biographies

Michael Jesiolowski

Michael is the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens. He has spent most of his career at public garden institutions, most recently as Garden Supervisor at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. At Chicago Botanic Garden, where he was Senior Horticulturist, he was responsible for the Entrance Gardens, which encompassed the Visitor’s Center, Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, and the Regenstein Learning Campus. He created the seasonal displays in these areas, spearheaded the creation of gravel garden beds in the Parking Lots, and added hundreds of new taxa to the collection. Michael received his formal training through the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture. He also has experience working at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL), Bernheim Arboretum (Clermont, KY), Epic Systems (Verona, WI), and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Bobbie Schwartz

Bobbie, a certified landscape designer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the owner of Bobbie’s Green Thumb, a full-time business focusing on landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance, lecturing and writing. Most of Bobbie’s designs are for residential properties. Her landscape signature is the use of perennials, flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses to facilitate color and interest throughout the year. Bobbie has received several design awards for residential, commercial and institutional designs.

Since 1988, Bobbie has been lecturing locally and nationally for master gardeners, botanical gardens and landscape associations on various aspects of design and perennial and ornamental grass gardening. She also writes extensively for various associations and magazines. In November 2017, her book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, was released by Timber Press.

Mark Dwyer

Mark was previously the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens for 21 years and has now founded his own landscape and horticultural consulting business, Landscape Prescriptions by MD (www.landscapeprescriptionsmd.com). His background is in landscape architecture and forestry and his continued passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants. Mark previously 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).  

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