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Planting for the Future in a Changing Climate

Presented by Bartlett Tree Experts and the Chicago Botanic Garden

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Optional Tour and Lunch
1 – 4 p.m. Symposium
Alsdorf Auditorium

Registration fee: $25 nonmembers; members receive a 20 percent discount
Call (847) 835-8261 to register, or 
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Advance registration required. Registration deadline: Monday, October 13, 8:30 a.m.

Growing and maintaining landscape plants in the Midwest is different than it was even just a few decades ago. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones have shifted northward. How should gardeners, designers, landscape professionals, and city foresters respond?

Planting for the Future in a Changing Climate will draw on the latest research and insights from experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park, The Field Museum, and Midwest Groundcovers to give practical suggestions for creating landscapes that will survive and thrive.

But why stop at learning? A reception following this half-day symposium will be a chance to visit and network with green industry leaders.

An afternoon of fresh ideas. An afternoon of new connections. An afternoon at the Garden.


10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.

Plant Evaluation Gardens: A Climate Lens

PHOTO: Richard HawkeRichard Hawke, plant evaluation manager, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

The Chicago Botanic Garden's award-winning Plant Evaluation Program is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation. Join Richard Hawke for a tour of the Garden's two plant evaluation sites. Test plots like these play a critical role in making informed landscape decisions in a changing climate. Learn how climate change affects evaluation selections, how findings can help with climate adaptation, and more. This entire tour requires walking and standing.

Sold out. Advance registration is required, and includes lunch after the tour. Participation is limited; register early.



1 p.m.

PHOTO: Andrew BellDr. Andrew Bell, Ph.D., curator of woody plants, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

In less than 40 years, many of the trees that designers, gardeners, and urban foresters have come to rely on will no longer be hardy in the Chicago region. By 2080, considerably more trees will join the ranks of those unable to adapt to the changing climate. The results of the Trees for 2050 study are a treasure trove of information to help guide landscape professionals and property owners in making wise tree choices for long-term viability. 


1:55 p.m.

Stretch break

2:10 p.m.

PHOTO: Abigail Derby LewisDr. Abigail Derby Lewis, Ph.D., conservation ecologist, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois

The impacts of climate change are already evident in the Chicago region, with implications for those who design for, plant, maintain, and manage urban landscapes, including the urban forest. But climate action is also unfolding in communities throughout the region, with the help of collaborations between the USDA Forest Service, local institutions, and municipalities. Learn what climate-induced changes are unfolding locally and what steps are being taken to adapt to them.

3 p.m.


PHOTO: Trish BeckjordTrish Beckjord, RLA, sales consultant, native plant and green infrastructure specialist, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, St. Charles, Illinois

PHOTO: Kay HavensDr. Kayri Havens, Ph.D., Medard and Elizabeth Welch director, Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

PHOTO: Joy KaminskyJoy Kaminsky, director of horticulture, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois


PHOTO: Nicole CavenderDr. Nicole Cavender, Ph.D., vice president of science and conservation, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

In recent years especially, experts have advocated planting native species, in part, because they are naturally adapted to the local conditions. But does that recommendation hold in light of the region's changing climate? What is the role of nonnative yet climate-adapted species, and is that role changing as local growing conditions change? This panel will be a lively discussion with plenty of opportunities for audience participation and questions

4 p.m.


Mingle with colleagues and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.


Symposium Location

The symposium will be held in the Alsdorf Auditorium of the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Directions to the Garden can be found here.



The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden recommends the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel for accommodations.

Planting for the Future in a Changing Climate qualifies for continuing-education credits for several professional associations.

American Society of Landscape Architects: 3.75 hours
American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter: 3.75 hours
International Society of Arboriculture:
 Certified Arborist: 3.0 CEUs
Municipal Specialist: 3.0 CEUs
Utility Specialist: 3.0 CEUs
BCMA—Practice: 3.0 CEUs
TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 3.0 CEUs
TW Climber Specialist: 3.0 CEUs
American Institute of Architects: 4 LU/HSW hours
Bartlett Tree Experts

Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Planting for the Future in a Changing Climate is presented by Bartlett Tree Experts and the Chicago Botanic Garden, which share a commitment to research, innovation, preservation, and sustainable practices.

The Garden believes the future of life on Earth depends on how people understand, value and protect plants and habitats on which they depend. Bartlett Tree Experts, with its science-driven mission, tree-research laboratory, and arboretum, has identified and developed the most effective, environmentally sound plant health care techniques for over a century. Together, Bartlett and the Garden help educate practitioners and consumers about such techniques—and more.

Photo: Scott Jamieson, Bartlett Tree Experts