The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

The Inspired Gardener

Symposium & Silent Auction

Saturday, February 28
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Shake off the winter blues and get inspired for springtime! Enjoy the camaraderie of other enthusiastic gardeners as you pick up new ideas from seasoned experts.

Fee: $89 (Garden and GPPA* members $79)
Boxed Lunch: $12 (optional)
Registration Deadline: February 20

Register Online

Presented in Partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association

*If you are a GPPA member but NOT a member of the Garden, please access registration using the link emailed to you by the GPPA board.

 

The Program

8 a.m. | Check-in
Silent Auction Bidding Begins

9 a.m. | Opening Remarks

The Know Maintenance Garden
Presented by Roy Diblik

Unusual Plants for Dry Shade
Presented by Hayes Jackson

Vultures on the Front Porch
Presented by Elizabeth Dean

12:30 p.m. | Lunch & Book Signing

Lessons on Dirt
Presented by Jenks Farmer

Summer Tropicals with an Autumn FInale
Presented by Becky Heath

3:30 p.m. | Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise


 

9:15 The Know Maintenance Garden
Roy Diblik
10:15 Break
10:30 Unusual Plants for Dry Shade
Hayes Jackson
11:30 Vultures on the Front Porch
Elizabeth Dean
12:30 Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 Silent Auction Bidding Closes
1:30 Lessons on Dirt
Jenks Farmer
2:30 Summer Tropicals with an Autumn Finale
Becky Heath
3:30 Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise
9:15 The Know Maintenance Garden
Roy Diblik
10:15 Break
10:30 Unusual Plants for Dry Shade
Hayes Jackson
11:30 Vultures on the Front Porch
Elizabeth Dean
12:30 Lunch & Book-Signing
1:15 Silent Auction Bidding Closes
1:30 Lessons on Dirt
Jenks Farmer
2:30 Summer Tropicals with an Autumn Finale
Becky Heath
3:30 Symposium Concludes
Retrieve Silent Auction Merchandise

The Speakers

Roy Diblik has been growing and caring for traditional and native perennials since 1978. He is the author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden from Timber Press. His contemporary garden designs emphasize plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. He discusses the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing that the beauty is in the doing.

Hayes Jackson is the Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Anniston. An avid horticulturist and true plant collector, Hayes has ventured to places like China, the Himalayas of northern India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Guatemala to look for new plants for Southern landscapes. His gardens have been featured in many publications including Southern Living and Alabama Gardens Great and Small. He presents options for plants that thrive and compete in shady, forest-like root zones.

Elizabeth Dean and husband, Gene Griffith, started Wilkerson Mill Gardens in 1990. What began as a business growing woody plants for cut stems has shifted into a specialty plant nursery. They delight in sharing their experiences over the last 25 years with the goal of helping gardeners to succeed and to relish their gardens. Sometimes funny, often thoughtful, usually informative and always lively, Elizabeth shares selected opinions, observations and knowledge gained from a life in the dirt.

Jenks Farmer led teams to establish the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens: Riverbanks Botanical Garden and Moore Farms Garden. Currently, he is interim director of Gardens for Historic Columbia, runs his own organically managed nursery and is the author of Deep Rooted Wisdom from Timber Press. Combining the best of old school country wisdom and modern soil web microbiology, Jenks discusses managing the dirt on his crinum lily farm.

Becky Heath shares secrets for a garden that will continue giving color long after the spring bulbs are finished. Discover numerous bulbs, tropical plants and perennials that continue to perform well into fall until frost. Becky Heath is co-owner and President of Heath Enterprises, Ltd., the home of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a wholesale mail order flower bulb business and My Bloomin’ Garden, a color landscaping business, both located in Gloucester, Virginia.