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Talk Titles and Descriptions

Making Landscapes that Matter:  This talk is unlike any talk I have ever heard (and I’ve heard thousands). It winds and wallows in and around all kinds of things, including art, evolution, genetics, history, food, wine, and more before tying all of it together with ideas that will help us create meaningful landscapes that appeal to our human nature and support our health and well-being.   

Planting for Pollinators:  We all know that pollinators are under pressure. Fortunately, our urban and suburban gardens and landscapes are easily (and beautifully) tailored to provide much of the plant diversity upon which pollinators depend. This talk sets the context and then provides the tools for any home or landowner to do real conservation literally in their own backyards.  

Favorite Plants from Favorite Gardens: A tour of many great public and private gardens and the breathtaking, grand, unique, rare, or just plain cool plants found within. Rambling talk with a bit 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.

Plants I Have a History With: This talk recounts the plants, places, and people that have changed the course of my horticultural progression. Good plants and fun stories.  

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

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 the name needed an upgrade. The trees in this talk are survivors. They laugh at incorrect planting technique, scoff at mulch volcanoes, mock bad pruning cuts, and smirk at poor maintenance practices. They ask for poor soil. They taunt droughts. They are sometimes even found growing out of old toilets in piles of rubble from burned out crack houses. Sure, some of the usual suspects, but also a bunch you probably don't know or didn't realize. Enjoy this romp through trees so ornery they'll resist the worst that is hurled at them and be there to shade your children’s children’s children. (And, sure, the title can be reverted back to the original for fairer 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. It actually makes gardening easier and more beautiful. An inspirational palette of plant material will be presented.

Life is Short, Extend that Season!: Spring is fabulous all on its own! Gardeners can do little to improve upon it! But some of the other months could use our help. Plants that provide summer, late fall, winter, and very early spring beauty are so much more valuable to the gardener and to wildlife. This talk lists plants which provide exceptional beauty into the struggling months. Rise up! It is time we break free from Spring's tyrannical hold over us!  

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.

Ancient Plants for Modern Gardens: Plants that have been on the planet for millions of years have survived a lot of abuse--continental drift, climate change, new disease, old diseases, pests and Biblical plagues. Even dinosaurs! This alone suggests they might actually survive your yard or landscape, But they are also worthy of consideration because they are beautiful, interesting, and fantastic topics of conversation at outdoor dinner parties.  ​

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury... The Closing Argument for Annuals: A perfectly respectable diatribe supporting this sometimes unfairly maligned group of beautiful plants that are so easy, bring so much joy and beauty, and can be planted both in gardens and in containers. Some are even awesome for pollinators. Which are the best? Bring me in. Feed me. Pay me. And you'll find out. ​

Horticultural History of Cincinnati: A look at Cincinnati’s rich horticultural history, including at such institutions as 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.

Venerable Trees of Cincinnati (And What They Can Teach Us): A photographic tour of some of the area’s most beautiful and iconic trees. But wait! There's more. Includes a thoughtful discussion of what lessons we can learn from the successful use of well-adapted species, science-based horticultural practices, and more.  

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. This horticulturist will share how is eyes were opened to the amazing wonder of the complexity and perfection of "plant communities" through this project. 

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 Series!  

  •      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 

Insert Your Title Here. If the price is right, I'll Talk About Anything!


Where the hell is Scott?


Speaker: Greenville Master Gardeners Association, Greenville, SC Feb 10-11

Host: CZBG Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, March 15

Attendee: CAST, California, March 27-31

Speaker, Hardy Plant Association, Madison, WI, April 19

Keynote Speaker: International Master Gardener's Conference, Overland Park, KS, Jun 19-25

Keynote Speaker:  Ohio Master Gardener's State Conference, Columbus, OH, Oct 13-14


Speaker: Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, East Lansing MI, 1/24 - 26

Speaker: iLandscape, Chicago, IL, 2/1 -2/4

Speaker: IPPS Micro, Virtual, 2/17

Host: CZBG Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium, March 9

Speaker: Wayne County Master Gardeners Association, Waynesboro, VA, March 17/18

Speaker: Perennial Plant Assoc. Regional Virtual Meeting, March 30

Speaker: Holscher & Hackman Garden Center, May 14

Speaker: Inniswood Gardens, Westerville, OH, June 5

Speaker: Bern's Garden Center, Middletown and Beaver Creek, OH, Jun 11

Attendee: North American Rock Garden Society's Annual Meeting, Ithica, NY, June 13-17

Attendee: Perennial Plant Association's National Conference, Lancaster, PA, August 1-6

Speaker: Speaking of Gardening, Asheville, NC, August 11-12

Host/Speaker: CZBG Plant Trials Day, Cincinnati, OH August 25

Speaker: Hosta Society, Cincinnati, OH September 29

Speaker: Great Rivers Holly Society, Evansville, IN September30

Speaker: Rowe Arboretum, Cincinnati, OH, November 13

Host: CZBG Native Plant Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, November1 19


Speaker: Mid Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, VA, (Virtual), 1/14

Speaker: Cincinnati Nature Center (Virtual), 1/24

Guest: WMKV, Carol Mundy Show, 1/29

Guest: WKRC, Ron Wilson In The Garden, 1/30

Speaker: Green Industry Conference (Virtual), Cincinnati, 2/4

Speaker and Host: CZBG Plant Series (Five Part, Virtual), 2/10 - 3/10 

Host: Taking Root Great Tree Summit (Virtual), Cincinnati, 3/13

Speaker: P&G (Virtual), 4/13

Speaker: East Row Garden Club (Virtual) 4/20

Speaker: Anderson Township (Virtual) 4/22

Host: CZBG Plant Trials Day, 8/29

Speaker: Cincinnati Women's Club, 10/20

Speaker: Professional Grounds Maintenance Association, Louisville, 10/21

Host & Speaker: Combined Plant Trials Day and Native Plant Symposium, CZBG 11/19 & 11/20  


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
COVID-19 Casualties! Argh!!!

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   ​


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 


  • 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