This is the week that we had expected to welcome hundreds of participants from all over the world to the 2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium in Raleigh, NC, but world events had other plans. So, we shifted gears and put together a replacement on-line symposium that will take place this Friday June 12 from 10am-3pm. This is a fund raiser for both the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and for the Juniper Level Botanic Garden endowment, so we hope you can join us safely on-line. If you sign up, but aren’t available on Friday for the live event, you will also receive a private link, so you can also watch the symposium later.
The stellar lineup for the 2020 rapid-fire on-line symposium for plant nerds includes:
Dan Hinkley – World renown plant explorer and founder of Heronswood Gardens/and Nursery. Dan will speak on A Morning Walk-through of Gardens of Windcliff.
Nick Macer – World renown plant explorer and owner of Pan-Global Plants in the UK will speak on Things That Turn Me on—Confessions of a Plant Freak
Kelly Dodson/Sue Miliken – World renown plant explorers and owners of Far Reaches Farm and Conservancy. They will speak on Plantdemic in the Far Reaches.
Jimmy Turner – World renown plantsman, Director of Red Butte Botanical Gardens, and former Director of Horticulture of the Dallas Arboretum and later the Director of Horticulture for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Jimmy will speak on The Land of Ahs.
John Cho – Retired University of Hawaii professor and breeder of the Royal Hawaiian series of colocasia (elephant ears). John was world renown for his breeding work with food taro before he turned his attention on revolutionizing the ornamental elephant ear offerings. John will speak on Breeding of the Beautiful Royal Hawaiian Collection of Colocasia.
Tony Avent – Founder of Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Tony will speak on High and Dry—The Wonderful, Wild, World of Crevice Gardening
You can find more about the talks and register on-line here
Rare Plant Auction
Following on the heels of last years’ auction that had plantsmen/women around the world drooling, we’ve put together another amazing list of auction plants for 2020…many of which are released for the first time, including many incredible rarities that you just won’t believe. Plants that are 1 gallon size and smaller can be shipped domestically to the lower 48 @ $6 each, but larger plants will need to be picked up at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.
The auction opens Tuesday June 9 @ 10 am and closes Friday June 12 @ 3pm. Bidding is open to anyone, so here’s the link through Click-Bid to sign up and bid. Bid early and bid often! Good luck!
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