18th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium at Shadyside Academy Senior School

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Please join me on Saturday when I will be an art vendor in Fox Chapel on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 8AM – 3PM at “A Garden Marketplace” inside the ice rink on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus. It is a part of a most interesting gardening symposium described below. I will be showing and selling my paintings, custom house portraits, photographs and greeting cards.

Each vendor will donate something to a raffle to raise scholarship funds. Proceeds from the scholarship raffle fund applicants to attend the Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania the following year at no cost. Scholarships might still be available for this year. Call 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 to request an application.

My donation will be the chance to have a custom house portrait of your home painted by me. This is NOT a minimum bid situation, so it really is a great chance to commission me, for very little cash outlay on your end! This is FREE and open to the public. The marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, natives, bonsai specimens, alpines and rock garden plants, botanical art and photography, and garden accessories. This Penn State site here gives a list of all the vendors.

It is the free part of the 18th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, presented by Penn State Extension, Phipps Conservatory and Shady Side Academy, which will run from 8 to 4, April 20, 2013 at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Fox Chapel near Pittsburgh.

Note that this next part of the exciting and super worthwhile symposium is not free. The symposium, which includes breakfast and lunch, costs $115. Register by calling Phipps Garden Center at 412-441-4442 or online. Perennial expert and author Kerry Ann Mendez of Albany, NY is the featured speaker. In her 2010 book, “The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists“, she presents 70 garden-transforming lists, including perennial categories such as needy, unusual, fragrant and thugs (!)

Map to event. Great description of all the speakers here. More info about both sides of the event on April 20 here and here and here.

A big thank you to Garden Marketplace event chairs Lyn Lang and Suzanne Warnick. They really know how to plan a great event!

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