2022 Tree Symposium: Conifers

Tuesday 11-08-22 07:00 pm (Eastern)


What the Well Dressed Garden is Wearing, with Gerald Kral

Gerald (Jerry) Kral

Conifers can add an aesthetic to an ornamental garden impossible to achieve with other plants. This sometimes-cutting-edge slide presentation is for folks wanting to create a garden that uses conifers and small trees for effect and structure rather than an exclusive display of speciments.

Exciting ways to display conifers, some still experimental, will be explored. How to choose the best conifer or small tree for such a purpose considering size, growth habit and form will be covered. Adding bling to your conifer vignettes using selected companion plants will be explored. Landscape rockeries, container rockeries and table rockeries will also be addressed in this lecture.

Gerald (Jerry) Kral attended Cornell University where he majored in Agricultural Science. He has been a dairy farmer, high school science teacher and founder with his wife of Jerry and Karen’s Gardens in Rochester, New York, where they give regular garden tours. Jerry became a Master Gardener in 1996 and was on the originating committee of the very successful Gathering of Gardeners Symposia, which has featured such luminaries as Dan Hinckley, Tony Avent and Michael Dirr (all of whom have toured Jerry and Karen’s Gardens). Jerry is an active member of the American Conifer Society (ACS), serving as a member of their Board of Directors for six years. In 2020 the ACS awarded him with the Marvin and Emily Snyder Award for Dedicated Support.

Jerry’s main passion continues to be his garden in Rochester, where he plays with rocks, conifers and companion plants and pushes the limits of what can be done!

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net.

Please note: ONLY MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM are eligible for the discounted rate. Members of all other groups should register as a non-member.