will be among the speakers at the 21st annual Garden and
Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania on April 23 from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for the
Performing Arts in Fox Chapel.
“A Guide to Bearded Irises” won the 2013 American Horticultural
Society Book Award. His latest book, “Plants with Style: A
Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st Century Garden,”
showcases plants that will “make your jaw drop and your pulse
quicken,” he says.
talk, he will discuss underutilized plants that have thrived in
his garden. But in a phone interview, he wanted to talk about
the questions consumers should be asking themselves when they’re
Can I eat
it? Will it benefit pollinators? Will it live a long time? Is it
drought-tolerant? Breeders should be growing plants to fit this
new, sustainable paradigm, Mr. Norris says. He also challenges
garden designers to change the way people see, appreciate and
value the landscape.
to create both motion and emotion. We need to change out the
product and change the dynamics in order to achieve gardening
with a greater sense of purpose,” he says.
urban green space as an example. “A life, a city, a living space
without horticulture is a blank, destitute kind of existence.
Horticulture is an act of humanity. It’s not just about
of people living in cities is growing. Currently, a little over
half of the world’s people live in urban areas. By 2050, that
will increase to 66 percent, according to projections by the UN
Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Cities, as well as
individual landowners, are looking at the contributions their
spaces provide to the environment, Mr. Norris says.
lifelong gardener holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
horticulture from Iowa State University. He says now is the
perfect time to start blending your personal gardening style
with environmental benefits.
is the best way to savor life on earth,” he says.
The cost is $120 for a day of
lectures, breakfast and lunch. Register for the April 23
symposium by calling 412-482-3465 or go to extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium.
A Garden Marketplace and Daffodil Show are free and open to the
Starring tree of
the Spring flower show