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Landscape professionals and home gardeners are invited to a one-day horticulture educational event, the Garden and Landscape Symposium, Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hampton Community Center, 3101 McCully Road, Bldg. #6, Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

The Garden and Landscape Symposium is a premier annual event with professional speakers discussing the latest in horticulture. Landscape professionals and home gardeners will hear nationally and regionally renowned speakers discuss the latest issues and trends in horticulture.

Credits are available for “Pollinator Research and Garden Design” at 11:15 a.m. and “Urban Forest Climate Change Sessions” at 1:30 p.m. Two credits each in Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, Certificate of sustainable landscape, Pennsylvania registered landscape architects.

Guest speakers include:

• National Aviary ornithologist Robert Mulvihill began his career at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Powdermill Nature Preserve, which operates a world-renowned bird banding program. He is the author of more than 30 scientific articles on ornithology and countless articles on birds and nature. His bird conservation efforts have been recognized by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology.

• Harland Patch, Ph.D., is the director of pollinator programming at Penn State’s Bird and Pollinator Garden and served as scientific advisor for its design. He has studied host plant choice for butterflies, pollinator nutrition, bee decline, and the role ornamental plants play in supporting pollinator populations. Patch’s research is key to contributing to better informed garden design.

• Chris Riley, Ph.D., is a research entomologist and technical support specialist for the Atlantic Center at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories of Bartlett Tree Experts. Riley conducts and disseminates research on current issues in urban forestry and arboriculture, trains and supports Bartlett’s arborist representatives and plant health specialists, and he communicates regularly with a wider audience about the tree and landscape maintenance.

To end the day, visit the Garden Marketplace featuring a wide variety of vendors, including plants from the master gardeners at Penn State Extension. See the Marketplace tab in the event for details.

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