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Winter Lecture Series

Winter Lecture Series

Winter Lecture Series


Winter Lecture Series Session I

February 24
Schedule:
8.30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Refreshments
9 a.m. - 1030 a.m. Speaker One
10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Refreshments
11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Speaker Two

Marian St.Clair, freelance writer and more
“Making Good Gardens: Gathering Ideas & Inspiration from all the Right Places.”

Marian St.Clair travels extensively as a freelance garden writer, photographer, and tour coordinator. In this talk she shares the innovative and interesting ideas for your garden she has gleaned from her travels around the world.

Marian St.Clair nurtures an earth-friendly landscape in Greenville, South Carolina. She has worked for the Greenville News for 15 years, contributing both feature articles and weekly columns, and also writes for Carolina Gardener Magazine, producing the article, “A Carolina Gardener’s Story.” In 2008, she was honored with a Gold Award by the Garden Writers Association. Marian also writes a personal blog, Hortitopia, which shares news about her home garden, Upstate wildflower and waterfall hikes, and garden travels to England, France, Italy, and other destinations.

Website: http://marianstclair.com
Blog: http://marianstclair.wordpress.com

Steve Bender, senior garden editor, Southern Living Magazine
“The Grumpy Gardener: An A-Z Guide From the Galaxy’s most Irritable Green Thumb.”

Steve Bender will talk about his new book, answer questions and sign copies. Obtain your copy at the Garden’s Gift Shop,or buy a copy and a ticket to his talk for a friend, what a great Christmas present!! Copies will be available for purchase on the day.

Gardeners from across the country have turned to Steve Bender for his keen knowledge and gardening know-how delivered with equal doses of sarcasm and sidesplitting humor for nearly 35 years. Finally, the wit and wisdom of the country’s most irritable green thumb can be found in a single volume, providing gardeners from coast to coast his valuable tips for planting, troubleshooting, and growing success, with comic illustrations sprinkled throughout.
http://www.southernliving.com/garden/grumpy-gardener

Location: Hayden Conference Center
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Cost: $25/session $90/series (10% discount for members)

Winter Lecture Series Session II

March 3
Schedule:
8.30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Refreshments
9 a.m. - 1030 a.m. Speaker One
10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Refreshments
11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Speaker Two

Kevin Parris, Arboretum Director, Spartanburg Community College
“These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias: Interspecific Hybridization of Magnolias.”

Kevin Parris is at the forefront of magnolia research and hybridization, he works closely with other experts in the field, particularly from China. In this talk he shares his expert knowledge about magnolias and showcases new magnolia species that will be successful in southern gardens.

Kevin Parris is the director of the arboretum at Spartanburg Community College. This campus is home to 110 different variations of the magnolia, including many of the endangered Asian species. Its horticulture program is more than 40 years old and has 60 to 80 students enrolled at any given time. Kevin is a Clemson graduate with more than 30 years working in the horticultural field.
https://www.sccsc.edu/arboretum/

Jon Fritz, Owner, Bluestem Landscape Design
“Beyond the Bloom: Native Perennials for Form & Function.”
In this inspiring talk, landscape architect Jon Fritz will present a selection of top-performing native perennials for the home landscape in our area. He will go beyond the bloom, as beautiful as that might be, to explore the numerous functions these perennials can take on in the landscape as erosion control, in rain gardens, and to provide wildlife habitat & sustenance.

Jon Fritz is the owner-operator of Bluestem Landscape Design, based in Easley, South Carolina. A graduate of Clemson’s landscape architecture program, Jon is active in a number of community based projects in Oconee County.

Location: Hayden Conference Center
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Cost: $25/session $90/series (10% discount for members)

Winter Lecture Series Session III

March 10
Schedule:
8.30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Refreshments
9 a.m. - 1030 a.m. Speaker One
10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Refreshments
11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Speaker Two

Mark Weathington, Director, J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Introducing “Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide.”

Mark Weathington will talk about his new book, answer questions and sign copies. Obtain your copy at the Garden’s Gift Shop, buy a copy and a ticket to his talk for a friend, what a great Christmas present! Copies will be available for purchase on the day.

Mark Weathington is the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. He earned undergraduate degrees in both Horticulture and Sociology and a master’s degree in Horticulture from VA Tech. He has served as Director of Horticulture for the Norfolk Botanical Garden and horticulturist for the Atlanta Botanic Garden. Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape. His explorations have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, Ecuador, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, and throughout the US. Mark writes and speaks on a variety of topics in horticulture.

https://jcra.ncsu.edu

Ted Stephens, Owner, Nurseries Caroliniana
“Landscaping with Members of the Lily Family.”

Ted will demonstrate this very diverse family in the horticultural industry: from evergreens to deciduous, from vines to house plants, from bulbs to rhizome. We will look at the historical scope of the Lily family, Liliaceae, and see how it has since been broken into several sub-families. Fifty years ago, the industry knew basically two species of Aspidistra, now there are 162 recognized species. Amateur American gardeners lead the planet in the development of new Daylilies, Hostas and other members of this family. One will be stymied at the diverse scope of the common Liriope genus and will leave wanting “one of everything.”

Ted is a widely respected plantsman. whose business Nurseries Caroliniana specializes the new, the rare and the unusual. Nurseries Caroliniana, which was opened in 1973, is based in North Augusta. In addition to their retail store they offer mail order and online ordering at http://www.nurcar.com . Their motto is “Where the unusual is the usual.”

Location: Hayden Conference Center
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Cost: $25/session $90/series (10% discount for members)

Winter Lecture Series Session IV

March 17
Schedule:
8.30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Refreshments
9 a.m. - 1030 a.m. Speaker One
10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Refreshments
11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Speaker Two

Rick Huffman, Owner, Earth Design Inc.
‘Understanding the Human Role on our Planet’, sustainability, native plants and applied ecology”

Every day we see or hear of something that points to how badly our planet is suffering at the hand of human activity. This talk will look at our history as a species and how we have altered our world. This understanding and recognition shapes our perspective and places an urgency to design sustainable landscapes that can buffer and heal these impacts through landscape applications. Native plants and mycology can remediate toxins, build soils, conserve and clean water while adding beauty and wildlife habitat.

Rick Huffman is principal and founder of Earth Design Inc. with over 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, bioengineering, and ecology. He has particular expertise in native plants as they occur in natural models. As founder and past-president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, he has brought awareness of these natural models to the public through presentations and workshops on a statewide and regional level.

http://earthdesignsc.com/

Joel Myer, Mushroom Mountain
“Recycling and composing with mushrooms.”
Discover how you can help reduce pollution and lessen your impact on landfills. Join Joel Myers to learn how to grow edible mushrooms on trash you thought you couldn’t compost! Turn cardboard, cereal boxes and more in to fresh mushrooms, and then add your leftover “fungus farm” to your garden to attract worms and enrich the soil. Create a circular system that’s a winner!

Mushroom Mountain houses a world class laboratory and research facility that occupies over 50,000 square feet of available space under roof for cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal research projects. The farm is home to the best mushroom trail on the planet, with plans to dedicate outdoor space for fruiting displays of mushrooms and other fungi organized by genera and specific groups for visitors to examine, photograph, study, and admire. https://mushroommountain.com/

Location: Hayden Conference Center
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Cost: $25/session $90/series (10% discount for members)

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