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Southeastern Plant Symposium

First Annual Southeastern Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction
Hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm-8:30pm - Optional Dinner and Presentation
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am-4:45pm
Friday, June 7
John Grimshaw: Director, The Yorkshire Arboretum
Scott McMahan: Manager of International Plant Exploration, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Ted Stephens: Owner, Nurseries Caroliniana
David Creech: Professor Emeritus, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Director, SFA Gardens
Julie Moore: Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Board of Directors, The Longleaf Alliance
Tony Avent: Owner, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery
Saturday, June 8
Adam Black: Director of Horticulture, Perckerwood Garden
Buddy Lee: Plant Development Services
Guy Meacham: J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Tom Ranney: Professor and Research Director, NC State's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
Kim Shearer:  The Morton Arboretum
Tim Wood: Product Development and Marketing Manager, Proven Winners
Donglin Zhang: University of Georgia
Hotel Information:
The host hotel for the Southeastern Plant Symposium is the Embassy Suites by Hilton near Research Triangle Park in Cary, NC.
  • Located minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel
  • Indoor pool, modern fitness center, tennis courts, basketball courts, restaurant, bar and room service
  • Minutes from Umstead State Park and walking and running paths
  • Close to dozens of restaurants: from locally owned to fine dining
  • All suite hotel
  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast

To make your reservation, please visit Embassy Suite's web site. Our group name is "2019 Southeastern Plant Symposium". When making a reservation using the link above, the group name is already applied.

Open Gardens:

The JC Raulston Arboretum will be open before, during, and after the symposium from 8:00 am through 8:00pm. Juniper Level Botanic Garden will be open before and after the symposium on Thursday, June 6 and Sunday, June, 9.

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.


Location: Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC, 27513

Directions: Click here.

Parking: Free parking is available at the Embassy Suites.

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