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« on: August 06, 2010, 08:31:29 PM »

After a 13-year hiatus, the Mid-South Native Plant Conference returns to Memphis October 8 through October 10, 2010. With the theme “Natives and Beyond: Sustainable Plants, Gardens and Communities” the conference brings a world-class roster of nationally acclaimed horticulturalists, botanists, and other environmental experts to Memphis. The conference is hosted by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave., Memphis, TN.

The purpose of the 2010 native plant conference is to promote awareness of the use of plant choices, horticultural practices and garden designs that work with nature and have a positive environmental impact. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in sessions with world-class speakers who will provide the tools necessary for safe and ecological gardening to increase their own sustainability.

On the evening of October 8th, the event will be kicked off with Felder Rushing, author, former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist for Jackson, MS. and syndicated columnist,  speaking on “How to Grow Natives in an Urban Setting” and tours of the Dixon gardens including the recently redesigned woodland gardens by Dale Skaggs, Dixon’s Director of Horticulture.

Saturday, October 9, will be a full day of distinguished speakers, many never having spoken before in the Memphis area.  Key note speaker, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, new president of Missouri Botanical Garden will speak on “Botanic Gardens of the World as Developing Centers for Plant Conservation and Sustainability.  After Dr. Wyse Jackson, the conference will present the following sessions:

C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, award-winning author, and teacher from Charlottesville, VA. “Great Natives for Tough Places”

Ann English, landscape architect and rain scapes specialist of Montgomery Co., MD. “Storm Water Landscapes: Rain Gardens and other Strategies for Improving Water Quality”

Rick Lewandowski, director of Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, DE. “Nurturing Gardens Inspired by Nature”

Don Shadow of Shadow Nurseries, Winchester, TN. “New and Useful Native Plants for Mid-South Gardens and Landscapes”

An optional guided field trip through Overton Park’s Old Forest and private garden tours will be offered on Sunday, October 10.   Cost is $100 with registration prior to September 1, 2010 and $125 after includes light evening refreshments, continental breakfast, box lunch and on-site vendor access.  For additional details contact Emily Halpern at 901-312-1252 or access

Rich Reaves
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