Maurice Horn is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, a specialty nursery in Scappoose, Oregon, featuring a wide variety of ornamental plants including clematis and hydrangeas. At his nursery, he has been involved in the development and release of many plant introductions. Another of Maurice’s interests is in creating beautiful low-water gardens. For the past decade he has created such gardens both at the nursery and for nursery customers including Reed College and Portland General Electric. In addition, he has served on the council for the International Clematis Society, and co-founded and served as Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society (now Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection). Maurice has been a long-time participant in the Great Plant Picks program at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington, where he serves on the perennial committee. He has lectured widely throughout the United States on a variety of garden related topics. His written contributions can be found in such publications as Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, The International Clematis Society Journal, The British Clematis Society Journal and An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis.
Great Plant Picks. As the world-wide plant palette becomes more and more international in flavor, regionally specific plant advisory committees come to play an important role in garden education. Great Plant Picks (GPP) is one such committee, which is dedicated to recommending exceptional plants for gardeners living in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how the organization formed, how it operates and how it continues to reach out and work with the horticultural community and serve as a model for other parts of North America and, indeed, the world. The speaker will also introduce a selection of Great Plant Picks to inspire you. Great Plant Pick materials and posters will be available after the session.