Shifting Landscapes: Tradition & Trends

Shifting Landscapes: Tradition & Trends

A one-day symposium celebrating 80 years of Horticulture.

Saturday, November 03
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us to celebrate 80 years of Horticulture with a one-day symposium in our newly renovated Administration Auditorium. Topics include a look at NBG’s past, present and future, climate change and its impact on local plants, great garden plants for our region and natural landscape design. Full schedule and keynote speakers are listed below.

Earn Continuing Education Credits
Tidewater Master Naturalists: 4 CEU
VA Nursery and Landscape Association: 4 CEU
VA Society of Landscape Designers: 4 CEU
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional: 5 CEU


Added Bonus Take Home a FREE Tree

As part of our Green initiative, we are giving away 2,000 Virginia Stock Longleaf Pine trees on November 3rd. It’s the tree that built Tidewater.

Representatives with The Virginia Longleaf Pine Cooperators Group will be onsite to answer questions and promote the conservation of Longleaf Pine. This group is dedicated to restoring the ecological, economic, cultural, historical and recreational values of the native longleaf pine forests of southeastern Virginia; and providing technical expertise to help landowners achieve longleaf restoration success.


Meadowview Biological Research Station
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Old Dominion University
The Nature Conservancy
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Virginia Department of Forestry

Registration Cost

Early Bird: $80/person until October 26

Regular Registration: $100/person beginning October 26

Student Discount: 50% off registration fee for enrolled students. Students will need to show their current ID at the registration desk.

Symposium Schedule

Time Topic & Speaker
8:00 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15 AM NBG Celebrates 80 Years!
Noted local historians Dr. Martha Williams and Amy Waters Yarsinske will discuss the Garden’s unique heritage.
President & CEO Michael Desplaines will present the Garden of Tomorrow
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raultson Arboretum at North Carolina State University and former NBG Director of Horticulture. Presentation will be based on his recent book Gardening on Your Own. 

Beyond Tire Planters- Creating the New Southern Garden

The south has a tremendous culture of gardening but as priorities and times change, how and why we garden evolves as well. We garden for more than beauty – for food, to support wildlife, to solve environmental problems. Knowing why we do what we do allows the cultivated landscape to work for us and not the other way around.

11:30 AM Lunch, with time to tour the Garden on your own
12:45 PM Welcome Back
12:50 PM Dr. Michael Allen, Old Dominion University Assistant Professor Political Science & Geography,

The Science of Climate Change: Local Impacts for Virginia

Dr. Tatyana Lobova, Old Dominion University, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Science,

Effects of Climate Change on Native Plants

1:35 PM Break
1:50 PM


Larry Weaner, Principal and founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates

Living in the Liberated Landscape

Using examples from his own property as well as diverse client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Closing Join us afterward for an ending reception including cocktail hour and book signing in the Garden Cafe.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Logo for McDonald Garden Center
Photograph of a memorial statue made of bronze and located in the WPA Memorial Garden of Mirror Lake.
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