Mark Dwyer

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731 Yuba Street Wisconsin 53545

My true passion is growing, observing and photographing all types of plants. With my 25 years in horticulture (most recently with Rotary Botanical Gardens for 21 years), I have done over 2,000 presentations (see 80 topics below!).

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Background – All of these topics are presented in PowerPoint format and would require a screen/wall, power source with cords and LCD Projector.  I will also bring my PC laptop and the presentation(s) on a thumb drive.  Having a back-up PC laptop on site that has PowerPoint and will connect easily with the projector is strongly advised.  Handouts (quantity determined in advance) are provided for all topics and can be sent digitally in advance and/or brought to the venue on the scheduled day.  Topics are all prepared for a 60-90 minute time frame (to include questions) although they can be modified for shorter or longer durations as requested.  Topics are also constantly monitored and modified to be current and relevant.  Custom topics and keynote presentations can be prepared upon request.  Fee structures are dependent on duration of topic, travel distance, preparation time and other factors. After initial enquiries, I can give an accurate estimate (not to exceed $) upon request prior to committing to a presentation.  My resume’ is available upon request.


Seasonal Plants

·         New & Exciting Annuals

·         Fantastic Foliage Annuals

·         Annuals for Fragrance

·         Incorporating Annuals in to the Landscape

·         Maintaining Bold and Lush Annuals

·         The Best Annuals for the Pollinator Garden

·         The Transitional Seasonal Container

·         Cool Coleus for the Garden

·         A Tropical Garden in the Midwest!



·         Ornamental Edibles

·         Eat Your Garden! - The Edible Garden

·         Edibles for Containers

·         Herbs in the Garden



·         Trends in Herbaceous Plants

·         Focus on Foliage – Perennials

·         Native Perennials for Low Maintenance

·         Slam Dunk Perennials

·         Perennials for Pollinators

·         Perennials for the Shade

·         A Focus on Foliage Perennials

·         Late Season Perennials for Interest

·         Ornamental Grasses

·         Spectacular Sedges for the Garden

·         Companions for Hostas

·         Ferns in the Garden

·         The Moss Garden

·         Groundcovers

·         The Basics of Perennial Division

·         Maintaining the Perennial Garden – Deadheading to Division



·         Bulbs for the Spring Garden

·         Bulb Lasagne – Creating Layers

·         Creating a Bulb Lawn

·         Summer Bulbs for the Garden


Woody Plants

·         Establishing Garden Structure with Woody Plants

·         Sensational Shrubbery

·         Small Trees for the Landscape

·         Trees for Structure and Shade

·         Woodies with Superior Fall Color

·         Ornamental Stems, Bark & Berries

·         Conifers in the Garden

·         Appropriate Vines – Selection and Use


Landscape Design

·         Landscaping for Dummies

·         Basics of Landscape Design

·         Advanced Landscape Design

·         Designing for Form, Function & Beauty

·         Avoiding Common Garden Mistakes

·         Hardscaping (Decks, Patios, Etc.)

·         Designing for Maximum Color

·         Maximizing Texture in the Garden

·         Vertical Gardening

·         Design Combinations for Pollinators

·         Landscape Design for Energy Efficiency

·         Designing the Four Seasons Garden

·         Design Tips for the Smaller Garden


Horticulture Therapy

·         Wellness in the Garden

·         The Healing Garden

·         “No Stoop” or “Belly-Button Height” Gardening

·         Adaptive Garden Planters

·         Plants for Therapy

·         Maximizing Sensory Engagement

·         The Fragrant Garden

·         Ergonomic & Adaptive Gardening Tools

·         Engaging Groups – Horticulture Therapy in Action


General Topics

·         Volunteer Recruitment, Management and Retention

·         Gardening with Children

·         Garden Trends

·         Gardening Tools of the Trade

·         Winter Interest in the Garden

·         Plantaholics Retreat

·         Composting & Mulching in the Garden


Regional Topics / Travelogue   

·         Exploring English Garden Styles

·         Gardening at Great Dixter (UK)

·         Canadian Botanical Gardens

·         Gardens of North Carolina

·         Gardens of the Netherlands

·         Public Gardens of Wisconsin

·         Gardens of the Chicago Area

·         Gardens of the Philadelphia Area

Photo Gallery


Audience Reviews

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One of Our Most Popular and Engaging Speakers

Kristin Korevec from Madison - 12/02/2019 16:15:47

Mark is one of our most popular and engaging speakers year after year. His presentations consistently draw record crowds and rave reviews. Attendees have described Mark as “entertaining,” “outstanding,” “dynamite,” “inspiring,” “personable” and “fun.” One of this year’s attendees remarked, “he combines advanced knowledge with humor and a supportive manner, encouraging everyone.” Mark is an excellent speaker on a multitude of garden-related topics and accompanies his presentations with gorgeous slides and photos.

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Excellent Presenter!

Kim Hartmann from Crystal Lake, IL - 12/02/2019 12:05:32

We recently asked Mark to present at iLandscape, a Midwest regional trade show and educational conference, attended by over 6000 green industry professionals. Of the 55 speakers who presented, Mark was one of the most highly rated speakers according the evaluations done by the attendees. His depth of knowledge, examples he designed and maintained, and spectacular photography made his presentation compelling, inspiring and actionable. In addition, Mark is a personality, an avid storyteller, and has an amazing sense of humor. His style, passion and experience make him a top notch presenter and consultant to professionals and home gardeners alike. I've seen him present at many conferences, and am always eager to learn more.

Kim Hartmann, iLandscape Education Committee Chair

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Phenomenal speaker, incredible photos

Jennifer Brennan from Wilmette, Illinois - 10/24/2019 17:48:37

I have heard Mark's presentations for many years. His photos are incredible. His knowledge of plants and the horticulture necessary to grow them successfully is unrivaled. He is wonderful to work with as well. Add him to your agenda with no hestitation. The audience will be thanking you and asking for a return presentation!

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