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Tuesday, January 9, 2018   |   10:30am - 10:55am   
The Southern Plant Conference – Session 10

Brent Markus
Rare Tree Nursery
Silverton, OR


Conifers and Maples... from the East Coast to the West Coast

Brent has made a name for himself in the world of Conifers and Maples. He 
started Rare Tree Nursery in 2007 (at the age of 24) in Silverton, Oregon. Rare Tree supplies hundreds of varieties of dwarf conifers and Japanese maples to garden centers and landscapers throughout the U.S. Over the years, business has grown from one employee to 25 and Brent is launching a revolutionary nursery in 2018 - InstantHedge.

As a grower, landscape designer and retailer (Conifer Kingdom), Brent specializes in unusual and unexpected varieties and colors for the landscape. He will share his unique passion for the rare plant material he grows:  some 700 varieties of dwarf conifers, plus an assortment of Japanese maples 
which he sells through Rare Tree Nursery and Conifer Kingdom (his retail business), and uses them in his landscaping operation that serves customers in Chicago (where he grew up) and Boston (where he resides).


Brent has been collecting and designing with conifers for the last 20 years. He started very early... in fact, he won Best Collector’s Garden by the Chicago Tribune for the redesign of his family’s half-acre property – at age fifteen! His unique ambition led to the redesign of his high school’s landscape, a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University. Through landscape design, supplying to garden centers and collectors throughout the U.S., Brent has experienced all levels of customers in many different climate types and situations. He is consistently expanding what his nurseries grow and the plants he utilizes in landscapes.


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