Overcoming Seasonal Depression Utilizing Plants with Winter Interest and Blooms

Jan 23 2017 - 10:30am

After the vibrant colors of fall fade and the gray skies of winter engulf the Great Lake States, it can be a bleak time for gardens seeking the comfort of a bloom or the scent of a flower.  This is the period when seasonal depression can lead some to travel south or to read gardening books while pining for the first sign of spring.  Imagine unlocking the secret to extending flowering in your garden during these mundane times.   Whether it is book ending your landscape with witch hazels or mass planting uncommon bulbs and corms, there are several plants that can add interest to the winter garden.  Matthew will offer insight into enhancing the winter garden with plants and techniques that can provide a chance to overcome the frigid temps and gray skies.

Session Track: 
Landscape Design/Build


Longwood Gardens

Coordinator of Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens
Matthew received a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University where he studied landscape design and urban forestry.  After working as a landscape designer for Season’s by Ruggirello and as a salesman for Ray Wiegand’s Nursery, he moved to Toledo, Ohio.  At Owens State Community College he instructed close to 20 courses ranging from soil science to post-harvest technology and landscape design.  While teaching he also was a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Garden where he oversaw nearly 30 acres of gardens and developed a 5-acre farm in the heart of the city.  
He currently is the Coordinator of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens where he oversees the development and delivery of more than 170 courses and lectures annually.  His passion for plants and photography will be on full display as he shares images from travels and experiences in the natural and cultivated world.