Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium

We hope you’re making plans to attend the upcoming Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC.  The dates are Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016…830am – 330pm each day You can register here, but don’t wait, since we expect a sell out!

We’ve already registered, so we’ll hope to see you there!  Did I mention the rare plant auction?  We’re also opening the nursery and gardens at Plant Delights/Juniper Level Botanic Garden on Thursday September 22, 8-5, for symposium attendees.

This very special symposium features 8 of the top young stars of the horticultural world, all of which will boggle your mind with their knowledge and passion for gardening

The incredible speaker lineup includes:

*Matthew Pottage is the Curator of the RHS Wisley Gardens, UK.  It says something to be named the youngest curator ever appointed by the Royal Horticultural Society.  Matthew is a phenomenal plantsman, whose horticultural favorites includes conifers, hardy exotics and variegation.

*Claudia West is the Ecological Sales Manager and Design Consultant for North Creek Nurseries, PA, as well as co-author of the hot new book, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes.  Claudia will make you look at landscape design in a whole new light…did I mention she’s one of the best speakers I’ve heard in the last decade.

*Dr. Jared Barnes is an inspirational horticulture professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas.  Jared is also an NCSU grad, a world traveler, and all around passionate plant nerd.

*Aaron Floden currently works at the University of Tennessee herbarium as a botanist, plant explorer, and virtual walking plant encyclopedia on anything botanical. Aaron is currently finishing his PhD thesis on the taxonomy of the genus, polygonatum.  Aaron has also discovered and published new species of Clematis, monarda, trillium, and polygonatum. When I’m stumped about a plant, Aaron is usually my first call.

*Hans Hansen is a mad plantsman, worldly plant explorer, tissue culture pioneer, amazing gardener, and currently Director of Plant Development at Walters Gardens in Michigan. Hans is unquestionably the top perennial plant breeder in the world today.  His portfolio include 2 hosta of the year winners and much more including some revolutionary bigeneric hybrids.

*Rebecca McMackin is the Horticulture Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as an ecological garden designer, instructor at the Brooklyn Botanic and New York Botanic Garden, and obsessed horticulturist. Who needs sleep?

*Tim and Matt Nichols – What’s the chance of having two equally obsessed woody plantsmen from the same family?  Together, the Nichols brothers operate their mail order nurseries, Mr. Maple.com and Mr.Ginkgo.com  Did I mention that they grow over 1000 different maples?  Who knew you could get this crazed growing maples?

 

Register now, spaces are limited for this insider’s glimpse into the newest advances in plant selection and designing for pollinators, wildlife, and sustainability, putting you on the cutting edge in gardening.
Early Bird Registration until September 4, 2016,
Get a Chance to Win a Mr. Maple Japanese Maple.
Cost: $130 for members, $180 for nonmembers
Includes 2 days of speakers, breakfast and lunch each day.
Questions? Contact Chris Glenn at chris_glenn@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7005

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