Opening Keynote Speaker Brie Arthur

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at such nurseries as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, Brie combines her passion for plants, design and communicating the value of horticulture. She is recognized as a national leader in suburban foodscaping -- a community-development model that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show “Growing a Greener World". Her book, The Foodscape Revolution, will be available in March 2017, published by St Lynn's Press

Keynote 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 Topic: 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.

Closing Keynote Speaker Rebecca Turk
Rebecca is Education and Events Manager at the Moore Farms Botanical Garden., in Lake City, S.C: She received a bachelor of science in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s of science in Horticulture from North Carolina State. She discovered her passion for public horticulture and teaching through her mother and honed her experience at the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C. She is passionate about community education and sharing her love for the outdoors. She and her husband, Christopher, share an interest in horticulture and enjoy every moment outside with their dogs, Gaia and Hazel.

Session Topic: 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.

Keynote 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.

Session Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, Ph.D.

Originally from California, Jennifer has been studying honey bees for over 15 years. She received her doctorate at the University of California at Davis and was a postdoc researcher at Purdue University. She has studied honey bee foraging behavior, reproductive physiology, behavioral resistance to mites and genomic imprinting. She joined the faculty of Clemson University in 2014 and since has served as South Carolina’s Apiculture Specialist. She is in frequent demand as a speaker, lecturer and trainer. She has been working on pollinator protection projects with Clemson’s Regulatory Services and has a research project on the effects of systemic insecticides on honey bees in ornamental plant landscapes. She is a past President of President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists.

Topic:  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.

Topic:  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

Carrie Winter

Carrie earned a master’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina and was a Research Bacteriologist with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and Chapel Hill. After retiring to Charlotte, she took Horticulture courses at Central Piedmont College and was able to pursue her lifelong interest in gardening, which she attributes to her parents. Lured to a meeting of the Charlotte Iris Society by a friend’s promise of a "Beverly Sills" iris rhizome, she became fascinated by these enchanting flowers. She has served as Regional Vice President of Region 4 of the American Iris Society and currently is a Master Judge and President of the Charlotte Iris Society. She received the Region 4 E. Roy Epperson Service Award for 2015. She is a Master Gardener and serves on the Advisory Council of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. She is in frequent demand for her presentations on irises and propagation.

Topic:  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.

Paul Thompson

Paul earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Horticulture from Clemson University. He currently is Clemson Extension Services Senior Associate Agent/ Horticulture, serving York, Chester and Lancaster counties. He is a Certified Nursery Professional with the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association. Paul teaches the Master Gardener Program and conducts educational programs for consumers and horticulture professionals. He is co-host of “The Gardeners Bench” on WRHI Newstalk 94.3 FM. He writes a monthly gardening column for YC Magazine and a quarterly column for South Carolina Farmers Magazine. He is a frequent guest expert on SCETV’s “Making It Grow” and has received many awards for his programming and communication efforts.
TopicLoving 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.