Michael A. Dirr Legendary Plantsman

Patricia with Michael Dirr

Patricia with Michael Dirr

I had the pleasure of attending the Garden and Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania today,  Dr. Michael A. Dirr, who is a legend in the horticultural world was the key note speaker.  I was so excited! I have carried and consulted his book “Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs” for years, it has become my bible for identifying all kinds of specimens.  I had the opportunity to talk to him and he signed my old worn out books… His lecture was informative, funny and completely worth being indoors on the best day of the spring so far.

There were other worthy presentations:  Maryann Frazier an Entomologist from Penn State discussed the recent concerns on bee die outs  in “Will There Still be Honey for Tea?”  Sinclair Adams on New Perennials of 2014 and Jeff Gillman, “The Truth About Organic Gardening” all wonderfully presented and enlightening.


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson

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