2018 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 Allan Armitage

Topic: Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots
Every gardener has a tale or two to tell about favorite plants. Allan, a renowned storyteller, will regale us with stories on how such plants as Hooker’s Lips and the Gas Plant got their names.


Session A

1. Allan Armitage, Great Plants for the Piedmont
Drawing on the many years he oversaw field trials on perennials and other plants at the UGA Horticulture Gardens in Athens, Ga., Allan will share some of his favorites that will thrive in this region of the Carolinas

2. Bill Rogers, Birds in Your Beds
Bill will cover all aspects of enticing birds the year round to your yard and gardens. He will discuss what landscape elements best attract various species, how to keep birds safe once they are on your property, and the basics of bird biology and identification.

3. Paul Thompson, Insect Friends and Foes in the Vegetable Garden
Learn how to attract and identify the good guys and how they can help us reduce the bad guys, as well as a discussion on other practical pest management ideas.

Lunch & Shopping

Session B

1. Todd BeasleyCultural, Environmental and Biological Challenges in the Garden Today
Gardens today face a number of challenges, from a changing climate, to invasive pests and plants, to fewer people being interested in gardening. But there is hope. Join Todd as he talks about the challenges and numerous solutions to help gardens continue to thrive.

2. Andy Rollins, Secrets of Fruit Growing
Andy says he “will be sharing all of my most tightly held secrets to growing the best most delicious fruits on the planet!” He’ll help you narrow down which fruits are best suited for backyard growing and how to make it all happen.

3. Paul Thompson, Native Plants That Thrive in the Shade
Learn about groundcovers, shrubs, and even some small native trees for those shady areas in your landscape.


Closing Keynote by Patrick Larkin

Topic: The Role of Public Gardens in a Changing World
Botanical gardens, arboreta and the like have been around for centuries and have served their communities in myriad ways. More than just a “pretty face,” public gardens can serve as centers of civic engagement, change agents, insurance policies for environmental disasters or stress relievers in an increasingly stressful world. Drawing from his experience and travels, Patrick will showcase the many ways gardens serve.

Door Prizes and Closing