Saturday Key Note Presentations
This year’s conference features a dynamic and well known keynote speaker.
Horticulturist at the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
June 24 will begin with our keynote speaker, Janet Draper, the current horticulturist from the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, one of the Smithsonian Gardens which is tucked inconspicuously between two Smithsonian Institution buildings on the National Mall. Ms. Draper has an impressive background including a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture from Purdue University. She has worked alongside Wolfgang Oehme, Kurt Bluemel and Beth Chatto, and been employed with perennial nurseries in Chicago, on Long Island, and Maryland. Ms. Draper is a self-described plant geek who “loves to play in the dirt and talk to people from around the world.”