Ready to get into a springtime frame of mind? Join the Garden for a full day of new ideas from seasoned experts at the Spring Gardening Symposium!
Nature has the power to heal itself and to heal us, if we let it. That is what rewilding is all about: restoring ecosystems to the point where nature can take care of itself. Andy Pulte, University of Tennessee Plant Sciences faculty member and frequent contributor to Fine Gardening, discusses the succession planting of native and non-native plants to create lower-care, high impact landscapes.
Plants with Promise
Ethan Guthrie, Horticulture Manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, highlights some of the new plants that might make their way into home gardens in the near future- including new specimens from the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program, past selections that we think need more attention, and some oddities we have found along the way.
Living with Bumble Bees – By Design
Intentionally planning and planting a garden for bumblebees makes a difference. John Whittlesey, nurseryman, garden designer, landscape contractor, and author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias, will cover the natural history of bumblebees and the efforts he makes to support the 5 species that live in our region as a model for gardeners everywhere.
Keep Growing: A Cultural Guide to Propagating More Gardeners
Propagation is a cornerstone of horticulture. We are incredible propagators of plants, but a challenge we face is how do we propagate horticulturists? Jared Barnes, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Stephen F. Austin State University, host of The Plantastic Podcast, and author of the weekly newsletter plant•ed, will discuss the great similarities in how plants are propagated and how we expose youth to horticulture.
Invitations to and from the Garden: Cultivating Place & a Garden Culture of Care
Gardens and gardeners are powerful agents and spaces for potentially positive change in our world, helping to address challenges as wide ranging as climate change, habitat loss, cultural polarization, and individual and communal health and being. Jennifer Jewell, celebrated author and host of the national award-winning podcast Cultivating Place, will explore how this power of gardens and gardeners can be viewed through a lens of invitation.