Shifting Landscapes: Tradition & Trends

Shifting Landscapes: Tradition & Trends

A one-day symposium celebrating 80 years of Horticulture.

Saturday, November 03
8:00 am - 5:30 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.

Registration Cost

Early Bird: $80/person until September 30

Regular Registration: $100/person beginning October 1

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
12:55 PM Dr. Michael Allen, Old Dominion University Assistant Professor Political Science & Geography, presentation on climate change
2:00 PM Dr. Tatyana Lobova, Old Dominion University, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Science, presentation on the impact of climate change on local plants
3:00 PM Break
3:15 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 and cocktail hour.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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