Our twenty-ninth symposium was held in 2014! This past year we once again had wonderful speakers with much information for area gardeners. Listed below are our “stars” for 2014 with their topics. Coming up in 2015 will be our 30th anniversary Symposium. Be sure to check back for details as we return to our “roots” at the Guilford County Extension Office March 7, 2015
Below are our speakers from 2014.
Carol Reese – JUST DO IT!: Intimidated by lofty landscape principles? Let Carol debunk some of the myths that may have made you hesitate in your garden. Develop a fun, productive philosophy that guides your choices and forgives “mistakes.” Funny, wise, and motivational, this talk will have you looking at your landscape with fresh eyes.
Carol, an Ornamental Horticulture Specialist for UT Extension, keeps the horticulture industry up to date as well as informs the group of the needs of an increasingly savvy gardening clientele. She writes a weekly gardening and nature column for the Jackson (TN) Sun, has served as the Q&A columnist for HORTICULTURE magazine, and contributes to many other gardening magazines.
Jared Barnes – PLANT EXTROVERTS! WONDERFUL WOODIES WITH PERSONALITY: We can all recognize plants with “extroverted personalities.” They stop us dead in our tracks, and they bring flavor and spice to landscapes like few other plants can. Want to meet a few more?!? Here is a session in which Jared will introduce you to woodies that come to life through their incredible traits and leave a lasting first impression. Whether its color, form, bloom, foliage, fragrance, or a whole host of other noteworthy attributes, these hardy characters are sure to stand out in your landscape.
Jared Barnes passionately cultivates plants and gardeners as he has travelled across the US and to 10 countries to widen his perspective of horticulture. As a garden writer, his articles have appeared in FINE GARDENING and CAROLINA GARDENER. A recent PhD graduate from horticultural science at NCSU, Jared earlier interned at The Scott Arboretum. He aspires to be a college professor to help cultivate and inspire a new generation of gardeners.
Stephanie Cohen, the Perennial Diva – CUTTING EDGE PERENNIALS – NO BANDAGES PROVIDED!!: New and underused are the keywords to Stephanie’s presentation. New is just a word that doesn’t always mean better; conversely, sometimes some very exciting plants do not get their market share. Stephanie says she “tells it like I see it. I just might diss your favorite plant.” She is never afraid of letting the dirt fly, so come prepared.
Stephanie has taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for over 20 years and is the author of many gardening books, one of which, THE PERENNIAL GARDENER’S DESIGN PRIMER, was awarded Best Overall Book of 2005 by the Garden Writers of America. She has appeared in numerous television programs, including on QVC as the Perennial Diva, and has lectured coast to coast, even to Alaska. A contributing editor of several magazines, she is also a perennial consultant for Nova Flora, Inc.