KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

brie arthur

BRIE ARTHUR

The Foodscape Revolution

Bestselling author and horticulturist, Brie Arthur has garnered acclaim for her enthusiastic presentations and practical, out of the box gardening advice. Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator she now shares her expertise as an advocate for consumer horticulture and home gardening across America.  

Brie is an ambassador for Soil3 organic compost and has appeared as a correspondent on the PBS Television show “Growing a Greener World”.  She is President of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region and is on the board for the North Carolina Botanic Garden Foundation. Brie was honored as the first recipient of the The American Horticultural Society’s Emerging Horticultural Professional Award for her efforts in connecting a new generation to the art of growing. In her second book, Gardening with Grains published by St Lynn’s Press, Brie explores the opportunities in residential and commercial landscapes with creative and thoughtful uses for traditional agricultural crops.

Brie’s keynote will address “The Foodscape Revolution” & “finding a better way to make space for food and beauty in your garden.”

joseph tyconovich

JOSEPH TYCHONIEVICH

Plant Science to make you a better gardener

A life long gardener and lover of plants, Joseph has worked for nurseries in the US and Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio’s food show The Splendid Table and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “…six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.”

Joseph is the author of Plant Breeding for the Home GardenerThe Complete Guide to Gardeners, and Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style and is the editor the North American Rock Garden Society quarterly journal.

Currently Joseph lives with his husband, two cats, a dog, and an absurd number of plants in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Joseph’s keynote “Plant Science to Make You a Better Gardener” is a deep dive into plant science topics, translating them into easy-to-understand terms and giving practical ways you can use that understanding to work in the garden.

Kelly Norris

KELLY NORRIS

Planting for the Future

Kelly D. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his career, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances. In 2019, Kelly joined Cottage Farms Direct on QVC as a guest host.

At the Botanical Garden, Kelly is responsible for leading and directing a team of horticulturists and educators in all aspects of design, curation, programming, and garden management, after serving as the principal horticulture consultant to the $18 million renovation project completed in 2014.

DENNIS DIMICK

Living in the Human Age

The son of fisheries biologists, Dennis Dimick grew up on a sheep and hay farm in the U.S. Pacific Northwest near Portland, Oregon. After completing agriculture and agricultural journalism studies at Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dennis in 1974 began a four-decade journalism career that included more than 35 years at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., where he served as a photography editor and for a decade as the magazine’s environment editor. 

With a focus on the collision between human aspiration and the planet, his National Geographic work included orchestrating major magazine projects on energy, climate change, soil conservation, global freshwater, world population, and the future of food security. Dimick lectures on the emerging Human Age or Anthropocene epoch, and his new Eyes on Earth project with photographer Jim Richardson emphasizes seeing the Anthropocene and its meaning.

COLE BURRELL

Nature’s Sustainable System

Cole Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award-winning author and photographer. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist.

He has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award for Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide, Timber Press (2007) and for A Gardner’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, Rodale Press (1998). Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices.

Cole is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology. He has shared his love of plants and regional landscapes with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design.