Southern Appalachian Plant Society


25 Highly Dependable Perennials for Appalachian Gardens

Hugh Conlon

Horticulturist and garden writer

Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

This is a Zoom presentation. Registration deadline is noon on Thursday, May 20.*

Tri-Cities Area gardeners continue to search for dependable long blooming perennials that require little to no annual maintenance. Hugh will point you toward 25 of the very best perennials, including several new choices that are far better performers than older varieties. He will offer tips on maximizing performance of your perennials as well.

Hugh Conlon is an active garden writer and speaker since his retirement from the University of Tennessee in 2011. He has been a professional horticulturist for over 45 years and is the creator and content provider of the gardening website: He currently speaks at Master Gardener classes in Tennessee and presents garden club talks and nursery/landscape programs in Tennessee and other states. In addition he contributes articles to Tennessee Gardener and other garden/trade magazines, organizes garden tours throughout Tennessee and nearby states, and consults with gardeners, commercial landscapers and growers.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Hugh attended Cornell University (BS degree), University of Delaware (MS degree), and Michigan State University. Hugh has served on the SAPS Board since its inception including two terms as president. Other memberships include Perennial Plant Association, Garden Writers Association, American Conifer Society, and Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. Hugh and wife Jane are the proud parents of four children and five grandchildren. His hobbies include gardening, photography, and writing.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: May 20, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: 97VrOI

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about  joining the meeting.


The 6:30 start time for the meeting is to allow the host and presenter to connect and  ensure everything is set up. You will not be allowed to enter the meeting till about  6:55pm. There is no need to log into the meeting before 6:50pm.

Members who can’t watch the presentation live or want to re-watch it may send an email to They will be sent a link to a recording of the meeting which can be watched but not downloaded. The recording will be available until the end of the month.