TreeTown USA Horticultural Encounter goes virtual for 2020

TreeTown USA Horticultural Encounter goes virtual for 2020

The online event will take place on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. PT.


TreeTown USA’s 6th annual Horticultural Encounter is going virtual! Tune into TTU5 Action News, a free livestream event where guests can journey through displays showcasing plants best suited for today’s landscape situations, introduce new and proven plant varieties, and have guest speakers on the most relevant topics of the day.

Day 1 – Oct.  21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific | Zoom webinar: click here to register
Day 2 – Oct.  22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific | Zoom webinar: click here to register

Virtual plant display tours
Nicholas Staddon, company spokesperson, and Suzie Wiest, regional marketing representative, will provide descriptions, cultural info, and design tips as they tour you through vignettes that include:

  • Agaves and other succulents
  • Edibles such as fruits and herbs
  • Habitat plants that provide food or nectar for birds, butterflies, and creatures
  • Perennials and grasses that complement and support each other in naturalized or ornamental gardens
  • Screens and hedges for privacy, to frame a garden or create a border or windbreak

New plant introductions
Tom Foley, director of product development, will feature proven selections from around the world that have been field tested in our trial gardens and qualified to be added to our company plant palette in 2021 and beyond. It will include trees, shrubs, succulents and perennials for every region.

“Superior Plants for American Landscapes” (Day 1, Oct.  21)
Janet Sluis, horticulturist, program developer, and curator for the Sunset Western Garden Collection, will feature plants from the Sunset, Southern Living and Encore Azalea Collections. Selected for top-performance, she will speak on their distinguishing characteristics, such as longer bloom time, disease-resistance, year-round interest, drought-tolerance, and/or lower maintenance, additionally providing cultural and design tips for success.

“Gardening Motivations and Cashing-In on Them” (Day 2, Oct.  22)
Join Dr. Bridget Behe, professor of horticultural marketing at Michigan State University, for a special presentation. With the unusual spike in demand in 2020 for plants of all kinds, Bridget and her research team investigated the varied gardening motivations this year. Her presentation will show you results of that study as well as how to cash-in on those emerging motivations for buying plants