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Pro Hort Symposium

IGIA and University of Illinois Extension are teaming-up to bring a full day symposium to central Illinois. Ideal for green industry professionals, Master Gardeners and students, the topics covered will include horticulture, arboriculture, retail and landscape design. 

  • March 18, 2014
  • Illinois Central College, East Peoria Campus
    Main Academic Building (check-in near the Lecture Recital Hall)
  • Only $30 or $20 for students (lunch included)
  • Register Online:
    Call to Register (starting January 2014): 309.543.3308
  • Registration deadline: March 7, 2014; late registration is $45 and does not include lunch
  • Download the full schedule (pdf)

Event Schedule

7:30-8:15 Registration

8:15–9:15 Keynote
Natives…Beyond Beauty: Plants that REALLY work! Bill Ruppert;
Sponsored by Bohn’s Farm and Greenhouses
9:45-10:45 Break-out Sessions
Not Just Another Pretty Face:  Plants that do more (L, R, H)*
A Successful Garden Center without a Focus on plants; can it be done?(R, H)*
Our Prairies…threats, opportunities & restoration (L, H)*
Sustainable Landscape Design (L, R, H)*
11:00-12:00 Break-out Sessions
Why do trees die (L, H)*
Bold New Gardens (L, R, H)*
Beautiful, Bold and Bountiful Containers (L, R, H)*
Land. Perennial Update: Traditional vs. Contemporary Selections;
Sponsored by Walters Gardens (L, R, H)*
12:00-1:30 Lunch & Vendors
1:30-2:30 Break-out Sessions
Landscaping for Wildlife (L, H)*
Growing and Using Culinary Herbs (R, H)*
The Drought of 2012 may be in the rearview mirror, but it is not over yet! (L, H)*
Shady Characters (L, R, H)*
2:45–3:30 Finale Session
Our Top 10 Plants…Yes, Really? (L, R, H)*
3:30-4:00 Door Prize Drawings
*Tracks: Landscape/Design (L), Retail (R), Arboriculture/Horticulture (H)



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