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2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium

2020 Southeastern Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our First Annual Southeastern Plant Symposium and rare plant auction in June.  The joint event between the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden was well-received,and we are now in the process of planning for 2020. This fast-paced, plant-centric two-day symposium features 15 top plantsmen and women from around the world. The 2020 dates are June 12 and 13, and we expect a sellout.

The symposium is a horticultural immersion event for plant lovers, keen gardeners/plant collectors, botanic garden staff, and green industry members.

All proceeds from the symposium go to fund the operations/operational endowments of the sponsoring organizations.

Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens, hibiscus field production.

2020 Dates

Friday, June 12, 2019 – 9:00 am–4:30 pm with an optional 6-8:30pm dinner and presentation

Saturday, June 13, 2019 – 9:00 am–4:45 pm 

 2020 Speakers (confirmed so far)

Friday, June 12 

Aaron Floden, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist,Missouri Botanical Garden
Hans Hansen, Director of New Plant Development, Walters Gardens
Patrick McMillan, Director, South Carolina Botanical Garden
Peter Zale, Ph.D., Associate Director of Conservation, Plant Breeding, and Collections, Longwood Gardens

Saturday, June 13 

Tony Avent, Co-owner, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery
Ian Caton, Co-owner, Wood Thrush Natives
Janet Draper, Lead Horticulturist, Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager, Chicago Botanic Garden
Hayes Jackson, Urban Regional Extension Agent, Alabama A&M University
Kelly Norris, Director of Horticulture and Education, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum

More speakers to come at JCRA events.

Hotel Information:

A TBD Raleigh Hotel

Cost: Early: $250.00; Late registration: $300.00; and $60.00 for optional Friday dinner and evening presentation.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. Please register online using the JCRA registration e-store. Registration is limited, so register today to reserve your seat. Registration is considered complete when payment is received. 

Questions: Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this Symposium.