Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, September 30 – The Garden Conservancy Preservation Weekend 2012

SAVE THE DATE for the next Garden Conservancy Preservation Weekend conference for September 27 – 30, 2012, at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Preservation Weekend 2012 is devoted to professional development. It will consist of workshops and presentations by public garden professionals, Garden Conservancy staff, and volunteers and staff from gardens with which the Garden Conservancy is working. There will also be tours of some local gardens, including the Chicago Botanic Garden and Millennium Park. Pearl Fryar will give the keynote address. Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has been creating fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s topiary are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe.

As in the previous Garden Conservancy Preservation Weekends, the Conservancy hopes to have representatives from each of its project gardens as well as other gardens and organizations dedicated to garden preservation across the country.  For more information, visit, or email and ask to be put on the mailing list when registration material is prepared.