2016 Symposium Schedule of Events

8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:15

9:15 - 10:15

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:30

1:30 - 1:45

1:45 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:00
Check-In & Shopping


Opening Keynote by Brie Arthur

Topic: The Foodscape Revolution

Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that combines beauty and utility. Working with public schools and suburban developments, she is helping change the way green spaces are designed and utilized. She will encourage you to think outside the raised bed, show ways of pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape, thereby increasing bio-diversity while enhancing productivity and beauty to your garden. She will discuss which edible and ornamental plants will work in designing purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. She will share tips for gardening organically.


Session A

1. Brie Arthur, Growing Heirloom Tomatoes in the South
Brie advocates for growing what for many gardeners represents the ultimate taste of summer! Variety selection, cultural information and alternative growing systems, including aeroponics, hydroponics and acquaponics, will be covered. You’ll learn time-saving strategies for harvesting, processing and preserving organically grown heirlooms. Brie will demonstrate how to make her favorite Heirloom Bloody Mary. She also will share her top ten favorite heirloom varieties.

2. Paul Thompson, Loving Your Young Landscape Trees
Proper selection and care of trees when they are young can save you much heartache and expense years down the road. Paul will discuss how to select, plant and prune young trees for long-term health.

3. Dr. Jennifer M Tsuruda, Native Bees in the Garden
There are more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America. This session will cover some of the native bees in your garden. The increasing awareness about the decline in pollinators has led non-beekeepers to ask what they can do. Jennifer will cover the importance of pollinators, how to attract them to your garden, and how to protect them from pesticides.

Lunch & Shopping

Session B

1. Dr. Jennifer M Tsuruda, To Bee or Not to Bee: Is Beekeeping for You?
Backyard beekeeping is a growing field, and many people are interested but do not know how to get started or may start without enough background information. Jennifer will cover some of the basics of beekeeping: Why do it, what you will need and how --as well as challenges (pests, disease, pesticides, nutrition, etc.). References will be provided for participants who would like to continue learning about beekeeping.

2. Rebecca Turk, Cut Flower Gardening
Rebecca will discuss the “dos and don’ts” of designing, preparing and maintaining a cut-flower garden. Topics she will cover include siting, soil preparation, pest control and tips for processing flowers for decoration. She will discuss some of her favorite varieties and share secrets she has picked up while working for some of the most renowned pubic gardens in the South.

3. Carrie Winter, An Iris for Every Season
Carrie will share how the bloom season in your garden can be extended from early spring through much of the year with the right choice of cultivars, ranging from the familiar bearded irises to various other species. She will discuss cultural requirements for the different groups of irises, emphasizing that there is an iris suitable for virtually every garden environment. She will also share tips on how you might go about acquiring irises for your garden.


Closing Keynote by Rebecca Turk

Topic: Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Nestled among corn and soybean fields near Lake City, S.C. this 50-acre garden embraces its Southern pastoral setting through an informal, expressive design scheme -- a careful blend of exuberant plant displays, bounding meadows and enduring vistas of grey green pines. Woven throughout this aesthetic tapestry are innovative research and educational programs. As a member of a team of dedicated garden professionals, Rebecca will discuss how the mix of art and scholarship have resulted in a modern botanical garden, described by Southern Living Magazine as a unforgettable garden rooted in a love of land and home.

Door Prizes and Closing