Gardening Symposium

Our annual symposium features fabulous speakers, vendors, good food, and a wonderful group of gardeners who socialize and share their interests in plants.


March 7, 2020, the Guilford Horticultural Society celebrates its 35th Symposium, All You Need to Know. Exceptional speakers and choice vendors are brought together in in a wonderful botanic garden setting. The day also brings fellow gardeners together for a delicious lunch and fabulous door prizes.

All You Need to Know,” is scheduled for March 7, 2020, at Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main St., Kernersville, NC. Doors open a 8:30 a.m. The Symposium concludes at 3:30 p.m.

We’ve invited nationally recognized speakers and lined up an exciting array of presentations, including:

  • Special Effects in the Landscape – Carol Reese knows some landscapes have that special something – a unique bit of structure, a wildly different way of using water, a surprising take on color. Garden sculpture can be many things and part of the charm is innovative siting or regional vernacular. Steal these ideas and adapt them to create your own bit of paradise.
  • Native Plants: Facts and Fallacies – You’ve heard it hundreds of times – native plants are more drought tolerant and resistant to pests and disease. It’s just not so! This talk separates fact from fiction and features plants that are trouble free additions to the landscape no matter what their origin. It also asks questions and raises issues that cause one to question the definition of native.

    carol reeseCarol Reese is an Extension Horticulture Specialist and a nationally-known speaker blending gardening knowledge, natural lore and humor. Her B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture are from Mississippi State University. While there, she taught classes in Plant Materials and co-taught Landscape Design. She is a prolific writer and was the Q&A columnist for Horticulture Magazine. Carol’s appreciation of natural lore is in part due to her rambles through the wild areas near her home with her beloved dogs.

  • Le Quatrro Stagioni … The Four Seasons – With apologies to both Frankie Valli and Antonio Vivaldi, this lecture isn’t about music in the traditional sense. It is about creating a harmonious landscape that is beautiful, sustainable and enjoyable throughout the year. Experience all four seasons in this lecture with beautiful imagery and choice plants to tempt you to create your own year-round landscape.

    pam beckPam Beck is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer from Wake Forest, North Carolina. Pam’s work has been published in national and regional gardening magazines since 1988. She has taught landscaping, done design and install work and has been a garden scout and photoshoot stylist for Better Homes & Gardens. Pam is co-author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina. Pam gardens her own 2 acres when she’s not speaking to avid gardening audiences.

  • Workhorses of the Garden: Grasses & Sedges Grasses and sedges play many roles in our landscapes, from low-key groundcover to seasonal superstar. Their versatility and resilience give them a workhorse reputation, but their aesthetic qualities make them essential for looks as well. With a focus on functionality and a nod to beauty, learn about grasses and sedges and where they do their best work.

    shannon curreyShannon Currey is Marketing Director for Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale nursery in North Carolina specializing in ornamental and native grasses. She began her work as a social scientist but changed fields to pursue horticulture at North Carolina State University. Shannon began working at Hoffman Nursery in 2007 and has had a range of responsibilities: coordinating the plant evaluation program, managing the sales team and overseeing the marketing program. She writes articles for national trade publications and gives talks to design professionals, industry organizations and at public gardens.

Space is limited for this exciting event, and it usually sells out, so get your tickets early! 

Symposium Registration

Symposium Schedule

8:30am Registration & Coffee

9:00am Welcome

9:15am Special Effects in the Landscape 10:15am Break

10:45am Workhorses of the Garden: Grasses & Sedges

11:45am Door Prizes

12:00pm Lunch, Shopping & Tour of PJCBG

1:00pm Le Quatrro Stagioni…The Four Seasons

2:00pm Break

2:15pm Native Plants: Facts & Fallacies

3:15pm Door Prizes

3:30pm Symposium Concludes

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