If You Love Hydrangeas

Michael Dirr
If you love hydrangeas, what could be better than a world-class hydrangea conference in of all places, Cap Cod, Massachusetts  So when Mal Condon, noted hydrangea expert and founder of the Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket Island, asked me to come to Cap Cod and speak on my favorite subject the answer was easy.

How about you? Has anyone invited you yet? Well consider it done. I'd love to see you on Cap Cod July, 14, 15, & 16. Bring your spouse, bring the kids, it's going to be a great place to be. Just look at the speakers.

Dr. Michael Dirr   -  Noted plantsman, author and breeder Mike Dirr will bring his enthusiasm and love for hydrangeas as he delivers the key note address at this years conference. Always educational and always entertaining!   

Mal Condon - A lifelong gardener, Mal has been collecting, propagating, and growing hydrangeas for more than 40 years. He and his wife Mary Kay owned and operated Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket Island but early in 2014 they relocated to Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod and are busy re-establishing the nursery in their new location.

Tim Wood with Fire Light Hydrangea
Tim Wood - You know who I am, so I'll skip the bio and just say that it will be great to see you on Cap Cod. 

Dr. David Creech - Dr. David Creech, Regent’s Professor Emeritus, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, is the Director of SFA Gardens. SFA Gardens has grown from an unfunded classroom project on 1/2 acre in 1985 to over 128 acres and seven staff. Dr. Creech received his PhD in Horticulture from Texas A&M University in 1978.

Natalia Hammil - As Brand and Business Development Manager for Bailey Nurseries, Natalia is responsible for managing the well-known Endless Summer® hydrangea brand, First Editions® shrubs and trees, and Easy Elegance® roses.

Dr. Henry D. Schreiber -  Dr. Henry D. Schreiber is an emeritus professor of Chemistry at the Virginia Military Institute, from which he retired in 2014 after 38 years of teaching and research. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Mark Windham Dr. Mark Windham is a professor and distinguished chair in ornamental pathology at the University of Tennessee. He has active research projects with diseases of hydrangeas, roses, dogwood, black walnut, and ornamental switchgrass.

Vince Dooley - Yes - Coach Vince Dooley. A heck of a coach and a heck of a gardener and the man behind the Dooley Hydrangea. 

Elizabeth Dean
Elizabeth Dean - In 1990, Elizabeth Dean and her husband, Gene Griffith, established Wilkerson Mill Gardens, a specialty plant nursery in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Their extensive hydrangea collection is the foundation for selecting and propagating appealing and reliable hydrangeas for the garden

Kristin VanHoose - Kristin and her husband David own and operate mail-order nursery Hydrangeas Plus® and wholesale producer Amethyst Hill Nursery in Aurora, Oregon. In 1999, They purchased this total operation which specializes in hydrangeas and other woody ornamental shrubs. Initially they offered 70 hydrangea varieties but the collection has expanded to 8 species and more than 300 cultivars.

Joan Harrison- Joan's passion for hydrangeas began more than 25 years ago. She is the author of Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands and Heavenly Hydrangeas: A Practical Guide for the Home Gardener. Her writing and photography have been featured in publications including Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Nantucket Today, and Primetime Cape Cod.

C.L. Fornari - C.L. is the author of six books, including her latest, Coffee for Roses. She
C. L. Fornari 
hosts GardenLine, a live two-hour call-in radio show on Saturday mornings on 95 WXTK and speaks to a variety of audiences ranging from green industry trade shows to garden clubs.

Les Lutz -  Les has worked as Horticulture Director at Heritage since January 2012. His duties include managing all aspects of Heritage’s 100 acres and directing the Heritage Horticulture Internship. Mr. Lutz is responsible for the design, care and maintenance of display gardens, trails and natural woodlands, and is the creative force behind the popular Gardens Aglow holiday event at Heritage.

In addition to a great line up of speakers this conference is going to draw hydrangea experts and nursery leaders from around the world. It is going to be a great time learning and networking with fellow attendees.  

Lectures will be all-day Tuesday and Wednesday morning at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Wednesday afternoon will feature VIP tours of Heritage’s gardens, including the Hydrangea Collection, and exhibits. Wednesday evening will feature the Conference banquet followed by an Ice Cream Social and a Question & Answer Forum. Thursday will feature exclusive tours of three gardens on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod is a historical treasure trove, a place of incomparable natural beauty, with a maritime climate befitting Hydrangea macrophylla – the crown jewel of the genus – at their blooming peak in July.

Please join us for the Best of the Best in Hydrangeas, Horticulture, and Hospitality!

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