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Passion, Pursuit, and Guerrilla Gardening Gives Taste of Spring

Ah, spring. The time of year when all the scuzzy snow around Indianapolis finally melts away, the sun comes out for more than an hour a week, and green things start shooting out of the muddy soil. One of the surest signs of spring’s arrival is the emergence of flowers, those colorful harbingers of love, pollen, and changing seasons. Admittedly, February is a little early to start yearning for the warm and rainy days of spring, but on Thursday, February 10, 2011, you can get a glimpse of Indy‘s sunny future and the future of your garden at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA will be hosting two plant themed events on February 10, one of them a day long symposium and the other a Planet Indy presentation and book signing. If you can’t wait another two months for your first spring fix, head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, February 10, 2011 to catch Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial and Richard Reynolds on Guerrilla Gardening.

Video of Richard Hawke discussing the goals of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Richard Hawke will be a speaker at Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

Presented by the Perennial Plant Association and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at the Toby Theater, Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial features a host of gardeners, designers, landscapers, and other professionals discussing the business, science, and art of creating and growing new varieties of flower. This Indianapolis event officially begins with registration and refreshments at 7:30 a.m.; at 8:30 the first speaker, Kirk Brown of Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, will be presenting “John Bartram: America’s First Botanist,” in which Brown plays the famous botanist who introduced 100 trees and 200 species to American horticulture. At 9:30, Dr. Steven Still of the Perennial Plant Association will give his talk, “Who Does Your Garden? Spanning the Globe With Perennials,” a visual history of the roots of some of the most popular perennial plants in America. And at 11:00, one of the foremost pioneers in horticulture science and the president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Dan Heims, will be presenting “From Passion to Profession.”

Video tour of Terra Nova Nurseries and interview with its owner, Dan Heims, who will be speaking as part of Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

After lunch at noon (you can also leave the Indianapolis attraction and head to a nearby Indianapolis restaurant; there are plenty around), stick around for several more presentations by leading botanists. At 1:30 you can listen to Allen Bush discuss breeding, “personal garden inspirations,” and the many purposes of perennial plants with “In the Company of Plantsmen.” Get a sneak peek at the top new plants of 2011 (and possibly snag one for yourself) at 3:00 when Chris Hansen of Great Garden Plants tells the audience about “Goosebump Plants and How They’re Made.” The final speaker at Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial will be Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hawke will be presenting “When Pretty Isn’t Enough: Comparative Perennial Trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden” at 4:00, a look at how perennials are evaluated and tested at one of the largest and most diverse testing programs in the United States.

Video of Chris Hansen discussing the best shade plant combinations; Chris Hansen is a speaker for Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

But if you really can’t wait for spring, you need all the green speak you can get. Though Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial lasts all day, it might not be enough for the truly dedicated gardener. And if you’re not terribly interested in perennials, a day long symposium probably isn’t your idea of a great Indianapolis thing to do even if you have a green thumb. For more casual garden enthusiasts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be hosting another chapter in its popular Planet Indy series (past Planet Indy events include The Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka and Gestalt Gardening with Felder Rushing) on Thursday, February 10, 2011: Richard Reynolds on Guerrilla Gardening. Richard Reynolds is like the Banksy of the gardening world, a purveyor of “illicit cultivation” around London and other cities. Reynolds, the author of On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Borders, is a champion of making public spaces a little friendlier to the eye and the earth. In his Planet Indy presentation, Reynolds will examine the history and current scope of community based gardening. There will also be a book signing after this informative Indianapolis event.

Video of Richard Reynolds and other “guerrilla gardeners” beautifying a London street corner; Richard Reynolds On Guerrilla Gardening is a Planet Indy event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

So if you can’t wait for winter to go away, the sun to come out, and the plants to start growing, you can get a head start if you go to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, February 10, 2011 for two green and growing events: Passion and Pursuit and Richard Reynolds on Guerrilla Gardening. Passion and Pursuit is an all day symposium featuring presentations by Richard Hawke, Chris Hansen, Dr. Steven Still, and many more on the history, business, and science of perennials. Those looking for a shorter and more casual taste of spring can attend Richard Reynolds on Guerrilla Gardening, an extensive look at the art of stealthily making the city a better place.

Video of Richard Reynolds discussing the guerrilla sunflower garden near the Houses of Parliament; Richard Reynolds On Guerrilla Gardening is a Planet Indy event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

Passion and Pursuit begins at 7:30 a.m. on February 10 and runs until 5:00 p.m; tickets are $119 for just the symposium, or you can purchase a discounted ticket for both Passion and Pursuit and Richard Reynolds On Guerrilla Gardening by calling 317.955.2339. Richard Reynolds On Guerrilla Gardening is presented by Channel 20 WFYI and costs $8 for adults, $5 for students at Indianapolis schools, and free for IMA Horticultural Society members; if you attended Passion and Pursuit you can get in to the Richard Reynolds event for only $5. Come out to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, February 10, 2011 and prepare for the looming spring thaw!

Passion and Pursuit: Search for the Ideal Perennial
Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $119
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Planet Indy Presents Richard Reynolds on Guerrilla Gardening
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8/adults, $5/students and Passion and Pursuit attendees, FREE for IMA Horticultural Society members
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