My Talks

How to Become A Better Gardener Faster: The title says it all. What more could you want from a garden talk than one that takes you past the pitfalls and into the promised-land. Oh, and it will make you laugh!


Get Ourselves Back to the Garden: This talk is unlike any talk I have ever heard (and I’ve heard thousands). It opens by waxing on how our art, our settlements, and our neighborhoods have consistently emulated (not always well) the surroundings of our genetically formative years as a species in the savannas of the Rift Valley. It argues that such landscapes support our innate need for abundance, safety, and community, before it veers off into design and plant ideas that reinforce these concepts and creates landscapes--which can be installed in any sized parcel--that bolster our well-being. 

The Potential of the Urban Landscape: It is too easy to think of our cities as concrete jungles, rundown slums, and industrial wastelands, but our cities are where the finest and most exciting horticulture is happening! And the importance of this cannot be understated. More and better horticulture in our population centers means better human health, better well-being, better communities, and meaningful places for wildlife conservation. Follow Scott through his latest passion as he visits inspiring and beautiful gardens that are having enormous and positive impact.

Why Horticulture Matters: Plants have enormous impact beyond what most people--even industry professionals--can imagine. Put simply, a vibrant landscape is transformative. This talk that will open your eyes, and will have you doing your part to build more and better landscapes for better people, communities, and planet.

Planting for Pollinators: Pollinators are trending, they are fun, they are indicators of the health of the ecosystem known as your garden and community, and they’re numbers are down. But every yard can be a garden, and gardens can play a substantial role for pollinator conservation. Learn how you can support these wonderful and important animals, and why you should.


Favorite Plants from Favorite Gardens: A tour of great public and private gardens and the breathtaking, grand, unique, rare, or just plain cool plants found within. Rambling talk with some of everything--big trees, annuals, this, that, and other things. You'll enjoy the photography and be inspired to grow a more diverse and beautiful garden.

Badass Trees for Piss Poor Places: Originally titled “Good Trees for Bad Places,” it was determined by a committee of sobriety-challenged but internationally renowned horticulturists that it needed an upgrade. The trees in this talk are the survivors. They laugh at incorrect planting technique, mulch volcanoes, bad pruning cuts and other poor maintenance practices. They embrace poor soil, and they spit at drought. Some of the usual suspects but some you probably won't know. Enjoy this romp through trees so ornery they'll resist the worst nature can hurl at it and be there to shade your children’s children’s children. (The title can be modified for fairer and gentler audiences.)

If Some is Good, More is Better, Plant Diversity Forever!: Diversity of plant material not only enriches our gardens, it creates great habitat for wildlife, and actually makes gardening easier and more beautiful. The case will be made, and an inspirational palette of plant material will be presented.

Life is Short, Extend that Season!: Plants that provide late fall, winter, and early spring beauty are so valuable to the gardener and to wildlife. This talk lists plants which provide exceptional beauty into those difficult months.

Plants Too Good to Be Rare: Chronicles a number of species that make beautiful and functional garden plants but are little known and too seldom used.

Spring Sings But Fall Rocks: Gardens are for the entire year. Not all the purchases and work must be done in the week before and after Mother's Day. This talk includes beautiful photographs of many plants you truly need and will have outside enjoying your garden in that most glorious of all seasons--Fall. 


Ancient Plants for Modern Gardens: Plants that have been on the planet for millions of years are proven winners. Some of today's garden plants have been on the planet since dinosaur times. Some are even older than that. Of these,  As should be expected from such fortitude, many are excellent choices for modern landscapes.​

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury... The Closing Argument for Annuals: A perfectly respectable diatribe supporting this sometimes maligned group of plants.​

Horticultural History of Cincinnati: A look at the history of Cincinnati’s rich depth of horticultural institutions, including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Boone County Arboretum, Cincinnati Parks, and more. This talk even goes back to Longworth’s vineyards and the Beer Barons. For those who love Cincinnati, history, and horticulture, a real treat.

All About Trees: This talk discusses why trees are such important elements in our yards and gardens and the many great choices available to gardeners. It also gives valuable information on how to wisely choose a tree, how to correctly plant a tree and then care for it.

Bring Me A Shrubbery! The Best of These Important Plants For Any Landscape: Every home needs them. They frame houses, provide beauty, hide ugly things, and support a healthy urban ecosystem. Problem is the sheer numbers of them overwhelm gardeners at the garden center. Learn the fundamentals of choosing the right shrub, including the latest & greatest and stalwart, old standards. More importantly, learn that you don’t necessarily need to go at them with shears every year!

Best Regional Perennials: Based on polling of top area horticulturists, designers, and gardeners, this talk is all about which perennials reliably perform wonderfully and look great in our soils and climate.

Cool Trees of Cincinnati: A photographic tour of some of the area’s most beautiful and iconic trees. Discussion of which species make good garden plants is included.

Native Trees and Shrubs: An encyclopedic look at great native woody plants for Greater Cincinnati.

New Adventures in Establishing a Prairie: Chronicles a first time prairie installation. Details all the fear, loathing, and anxiety. Tells you what worked and what didn't. Man-made prairies can be, I think, a lot like sausages. It's best you don't know how they are made, but the results are so worth it! This horticulturist will share how is eyes were opened to the amazing wonder of the complexity and perfection of "plant communities" through this project. 

The Best Grasses for the Tri-state: Grasses add texture, movement, color, and vertical dimension to the landscape. Including more grasses almost always improves a garden. Learn which grasses perform well and add the most beauty to our landscapes.


A Sculptor’s Garden: Garden profile of an amazing pocket garden located in Cincinnati’s historical Over. The Rhine District. Built and maintained by a sculptor, it features brilliant design, classical art, and an artist’s flair with plant choices.

The Best OF Series; Favorite Plants of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: With a long history as a botanical garden,  over 3400 plant accessions, and an aggressive plant trialing program, a lot can be learned about beautiful and functional plants that work well in area gardens, and, equally as illuminating, which don’t live up to standard (or just won’t live!) Benefit from this wealth of information without walking the hills.

  •      The Best Plants for Shade
  •      The Best Plants for Sun
  •      The Best Native Plants for the Ohio Valley
  •      The Best Annuals
  •      The Best Perennials
  •      The Best Shrubs   
  •      The Best Trees
  •      The Best Grassess
  •       Best Bulbs 




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Where the hell is Scott?

2020

Attendee: MANTS Show, Baltimore, MD 1/8/20-1/10/20

​Speaker: ONLA's Coffee & Credits, Worthington, Ohio, 1/13 & 1/14/20

Moderator,Committee Member, Host, GIC, Sharonville, OH, 2/6/20
Speaker, West Virginia Landscape Show, Charleston, WV 2/12/20

Speaker, Newfields, Indianapolis, IN 2/29/20
Speaker, Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium, Waynesboro, VA, 03/19-21/20

Moderator, Host, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium, 3/12/20
Speaker, Glendale Garden Club, 04/20/20

Host, Garden Tour at Home, 6/20/20 

Speaker, Millcreek Metro Parks, Youngstown, OH 6/23/20

Host/Moderator, CZBG Plant Trials Day Symposium, 8/27/20

Speaker, The Hydrangea Society, Memphis, TN 9/10-9/13/20

Speaker, Lebanon Garden Club, Lebanon, OH, 10/8/20

Host/Moderator, CZBG Native Plant Symposium, 11/14/20   ​

2019

Virginia Beach Short Course, Speaker, Virginia Beach, VA 01/14/19
Federated Garden Clubs, Speaker, Cincinnati, OH 01/29/19
Taking Root Summit, Clermont County, OH 2/23/19
WVXU Call in guest, 02/27/19
Green Industry Conference, Host and/or Speaker, Sharonville, OH 02/07/19
Talk, Clark County Perennials School, 03/07/19
Host, Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium, CZBG, Cincinnati, OH 03/14/19
Speaker, Allen County Master Gardeners Art in the Garden Conference, Lima, OH, 03/16/19
Host, CZBG Plant Trials Day, 08/29/19
Speaker, A Gathering of Plantsmen, Lake County, OH, 9/18/19
Host, Monarch Festival, CZBG, Cincinnati, 9/21/19
Speaker, Tree Talk, Cincinnati Nature Center, 10/6/19
Attendee, IPPS, Madison, WI 10/16-19/19 
Host, Native Plant Symposium, CZBG, Cincinnati, 11/9/19
Attendee, MANTS, Baltimore, MD, 1/8-10/19 

2018

  • International Plant Propagator Society Eastern Region Meeting, attendee, Newark, Delaware 9/23-9/27/18
  • America in Bloom, National Meeting, Keynote Speaker, Lexington, KY, 9/28/18
  • Master Gardener Conference, Speaker, Evansville, IN 10/20/18
  • Master Gardener Conference, Speaker, Cuyahogaa County, OH 11/3/18
  • Native Plant Symposium, Host, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 11/10/18
  • Fort Thomas Garden Club, Speaker, Ft. Thomas, KY 11/14/18
  • Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc., Speaker, Columbus, OH 12/12/18