May 8, 2019
First Southeast Plant Symposium to Take Place in June in N.C.

The first Southeastern Plant Symposium will take place June 7 and 8, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The event is being launched by Mark Weathington, director of JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, and Tony Avent, founder of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery.

“The Southeastern Plant Symposium is an incredible opportunity for professionals and non-professionals to hear many of the world’s renown plant speakers in a single event,” said Avent. “We are bringing in the most knowledgeable and most passionate plant lovers to speak.” 

“There are many great new plants entering the market from plant breeders, from explorations around the world, and from collections of botanic gardens,” added Weathington. “We’ll be talking about cutting edge plants at the forefront of new trends in gardening and new plant selections that reinvent how we think about gardening.”

“The Symposium will provide accurate information from people who know and grow the plants, as opposed to the frequently incorrect information that’s perpetuated online,” said Avent. “Our speakers will cut through the new plant clutter to expose attendees to what is truly exceptional.”

Southeastern Plant Symposium speakers include:

  • John Grimshaw, Director, The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, UK
  • Scott McMahan, Manager, International Plant Exploration, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ted Stephens, Owner, Nurseries Caroliniana, Augusta, South Carolina
  • David Creech, Professor Emeritus, SFA State University, and Director of Stephen F. Austin Gardens. Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Julie Moore, Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington, DC
  • Tony Avent, Founder, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Adam Black, Director of Horticulture, Peckerwood Gardens, Hempstead, Texas
  • Leanne Kenealy, Plant Breeding and Nursery Technician, JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Buddy Lee, Director of Plant Innovations, Plant Development Services (PDSI), Loxley, Alabama
  • Guy Meacham, New Plant Development Manager, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company, Boring, Oregon
  • Tom Ranney, JC Raulston Distinguished Professor and Mountain Crop Improvement Lab, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC State University, Fletcher, North Carolina
  • Kim Shearer, Tree and Shrub Breeder and Manager of New Plant Development Program, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
  • Tim Wood, Product Development & Marketing Manager, Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Donglin Zhang, Professor, Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

“North Carolina’s Triangle is one of the greatest centers for horticulture in the country,” said Weathington. “Juniper Level Botanic Garden and JC Raulston Arboretum will be open for Symposium attendees. Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham is a great place to visit as is the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.”

The host hotel for the Southeastern Plant Symposium is the Embassy Suites by Hilton near Research Triangle Park in Cary, North Carolina.

For more information or to register to attend, click here.

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