Friday, July 13, 2012

Speaking of Gardening

The Garden Symposium for Horticultural Professionals and Enthusiasts
Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25, 2012
International and regional horticultural experts join us for this perennially successful symposium in 2012. The program includes seven lectures, book signing opportunities and, again this year, a live and silent auction featuring rare and storied plants!
Mike Buffin, this year’s keynote speaker, is Gardens and Parks Adviser for the National Trust, United Kingdom. Buffin provides technical advice for historic gardens and parks in London, Southeast England and Northern Ireland. His garden portfolio includes some of the Trust’s most treasured garden properties including Sissinghurst, Nymans, Sheffield Park, Cliveden and Chartwell, as well as Mount Stewart and Rowallane in Northern Ireland. He trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and has worked at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. He was curator at Hillier Gardens in Hampshire for over 10 years. Until 2011, he was the National Trust’s national specialist on plant conservation and worked with an international consortium to pilot a web-based plant database called Plant Collections. Mr. Buffin is Chair of the Plant Conservation Committee of Plant Heritage, the UK’s largest cultivated plant conservation organization. He is a published author and his work includes Winter Flowering Shrubs and The Illustrated Guide to Trees.

Mr. Buffin will be joined on the program by:
·       Takayuki Kobayashi, Nurseryman, Kobayashi Nursery,Saitama Prefecture, Japan
·       Jenks Farmer, Horticulturist and Nurseryman, Moore Farms Botanical Garden, SC
·       Rita Pelczar, Educator, Author and Owner of Blue Ridge Hops organic farm, Marshall, NC

This program is developed and supported by an advisory committee of WNC’s most passionate gardeners and horticulturists, alongside local green industry businesses, is hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum and may qualify for PLANET, NCBOLA and APLD continuing education credits with board approval.   Approved for the following credits:
NCBOLA (10 credits), PLANET (10), and APLD (10).

For registration form and more information go to:

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.