Karl Gercens  ~  Longwood Gardens

Thursday, June 20                       Salon E

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topic Information coming soon!


Suzanne Mahler

Saturday, June 22                         Salon E

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Gardening in the Shade

In addition to opening up her naturalized gardens during the Thursday garden tours, Suzanne will be sharing her experience in shade gardening. “The key to a successful garden is to analyze your site and match plants to the light, soil type, and exposure your growing conditions offer.” Suzanne’s presentation will be full of helpful information, photos and excellent shade gardening advice.



Paul Cook – Master Gardener & Self-proclaimed Plant Addict

Friday, June 21

During the Garden Tour at Cochato Nursery

In 2023, after 32 years as a Pharmacist, Paul Cook made the leap to his lifelong dream of working with plants by starting his own container gardening and design business: TANGLED ROOTS.

Container design allows for endless creativity through both plant choices and the infinite variety of container choices. Not sure where to start? Paul recommends considering small shrubs, tropicals, perennials (thinking Hostas yet?), annuals, and even houseplants! Then select a suitable container. If you only have a few plants, consider a flower pot or a window box. Want a really unique display? How about using a wooden wine crate, or an old bucket or watering can. Or, what about that old Easter basket you have tucked away – or even an old boot that’s no longer serviceable. Then, of course, there’s the old birdbath tucked away behind your shed.

The key is to get creative and put together something that is both beautiful and uniquely yours.

Bring your imagination and join Paul in 2024 at the AHS National Convention to explore some unique ways to incorporate more Hostas into your gardens, container plantings or those barren areas around your property.