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The Garden will be closed on June 1 and 2. It will reopen on June 3 for Garden Fair beginning at 4 pm for members and 5 pm for non-members.


The 2014 Spring Thaw Symposium – "Chic Gardening - Green & Glamorous" will be held on Saturday, April 5 featuring Kelly D. Norris, Rich Eyre and Jeff Epping. To register online, click here. 

Date & Time

Saturday, April 5
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Symposium Schedule

8:30 am     Registration Opens
                    Refreshments & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am     Welcome & Introductions
9:15 am     Dig This: Stylish Gardening for Savvy Gardeners
                    Kelly D. Norris
10:30 am   Break
10:45 am   Captivating Conifers for the Landscape
                    Rich Eyre 
12:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 pm     Sustainable Gardens: Designs and Plants for Greener Gardens
                   Jeff Epping
2:15 pm    Break
2:30 pm    Inspirational Gardens and Plants
                   Rich Eyre

3:30 pm    Wrap up and Thank you


Kelly D. Norris

Kelly D. Norris is a 20-something, award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized 14-acre facility in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s popularly known for his book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts from Timber Press in 2012 and is at work on his next project tentatively titled Dig This: Stylish Gardening with Kickass Plants. As a speaker he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture.

Dig This: Stylish Gardening for Savvy Gardeners

Gardeners need chic, sustainable, thriving plants for modern lifestyles. Plants are, after all, the very essence of fashionable gardening. Gardeners need to know the basics of gardening as well as have the opportunity to craft landscapes in their own unique style with plants that flourish sustainably for more than just a few seasons.  Gardeners new and old have always wanted to make gardens that reflect a personal, artistic ownership of the space outside their home, large or small.  Kelly will take the audience on a journey through a world of hot, functional and head-turning plants and ideas that will inspire you to craft a stylish garden that’s uniquely yours.

Rich Eyre

Richard Eyre is a 43 year conifer collector turned nurseryman who has turned his passion into a thriving business: Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery, Inc. The nursery emphasizes dwarf plant material especially suited for modern downsized spaces. Rich is an active member of the American Conifer Society and has been featured on the Victory Garden, HGTV, Great Lakes Gardening television shows plus has been written about in many magazines and books.

Captivating Conifers for the Landscape

Captivating Conifers for the Landscape is an in depth lecture on dwarfs of giant interest in the landscape.  Rich explains how to use garden conifers in small or narrow spaces, foundation plantings, and shady places.  Conifers provide four seasons of interest with unique color, texture, and form and can be used with a mixed perennial border.  Rich shares the best Midwestern dwarf conifer sites to visit.

Inspirational Gardens and Plants

Rich takes you around the world to gardens and plants that inspired him. New gardens provide information and inspiration.  Enhance your designs with great ideas, new layouts or better use of plants in the landscape. Create a masterpiece in every landscape.

Jeff Epping

Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, oversees the horticultural operations and garden designs of over ten inspirational display gardens, show-casing the best garden worthy plants for south-central Wisconsin.  Epping and his staff have practiced and preached sustainable gardening for years, which is reflected in their environmentally friendly cultural practices and innovative award winning garden designs.

Sustainable Gardens: Designs and Plants for Greener Gardens

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons – they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. When resources are tight, people still want beautiful gardens, but gardens that require less time, water and chemical inputs to grow. Green horticulture depends upon designing sustainable gardens up-front -- carefully analyzing site conditions and using plants well-adapted to the conditions in which we plant them. Jeff will present greener garden ideas that he and his staff have created at Olbrich, as well as from gardens across the country. 

Program Cost

GBBG Members: $45
Non-Members: $60
Students: $25
The cost includes all presentations, handouts, lunch and refreshments.
Note: As a benefit, members at the Garden Benefactor, Garden Ambassador and Garden Visionary levels receive free admission to GBBG’s Spring Thaw Symposium each year. For more information, please call Sharon Vaughan at (920) 491-3691 ext. 114.


Registrants will be provided with a lunch buffet including soup, garden fresh salad, a variety of sandwiches and assorted bite size desserts.

Thank you to our generous sponsor:

For More Information

To register online, click here. For more information on the Spring Thaw Symposium, please contact our Adult Educator, Sharon Vaughan at (920) 491-3691 ext. 114 or svaughan@gbbg.org


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May 1 - 31
Daily | 9 am - 6 pm
*May 12 | 9 am - 5 pm

June 1 - 2 | CLOSED for Garden Fair set up

June 3 | CLOSED for Garden Fair set up until 4 pm

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*June 14 | 9 am - 3 pm
*July 4 | 9 am - 6 pm

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Adults (ages 18+) - $9
Students (ages 13-17) - $7
Students (w/ school ID) - $7
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