I've been asked to do a few seminars on perennials and possibly one on conifers. The seminar on perennials is no problem, I've done them before. But I'm a little nervous about the conifer seminar. The only reason I am willing, is that there is no one here that is growing them and so many times when I mention the word conifer they look at me like I have 2 heads and ask what a conifer is. When I explain that they are pine trees, spruce trees etc. They are disinterested with the rest of my conversation. I need to spark some serious interest and see if I can not create another addict. SOOO, since gardeners often times like unique, I've been putting together a powerpoint of some of the more interesting photos I've taken of plants and a lot of photos on really pretty landscaping of conifers.
I want to explain that in ways, they are like perennials, most of them have 4 seasons color, spring new growth coloring, summer color, fall cones and winter color. Heck perennials only bloom for 2 to 4 weeks just like the spring flush on a conifer...and explain the pros...for perennials, you have left over ratty foliage...not so with conifers etc.
I'd like to explain what I believe will do well for our cold climate, how to acclimate them through their first few winters.
What other items should be covered and what do you believe makes a REALLY good seminar?
P.S. ya'll need to write more on the conifer forum. I did not even get to finish an entire cup of coffee reading through the minute number of new responses this morning. Now what am I going to do the rest of the day? :)