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Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Great Grasses for Southern Landscapes"
John Hoffman, Hoffman Nursery

November 6, 2008 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

Learn about great grasses for Southern landscapes. John Hoffman will highlight no fuss, drought-tolerant grasses that thrive with little care.

John will also discuss sedges and grasslike plants and, to spark your imagination, he will show images of beautiful "grass compositions." Learn useful tips for incorporating these versatile plants into the landscape. John draws on 22 years of landscape- and grass-growing experience for an illustrative look into the world of notable and new grasses for the South.

John Hoffman's passion for ornamental and native grasses began over 25 years ago. After studying horticulture at Sandhills Community College, he started designing with grasses, using them in residential and commercial landscape projects and golf courses. To find out more about grasses, John traveled the USA and Europe, meeting with pioneering horticulturists, and visiting nurseries, parks and arboreta that incorporated grasses in the landscape. In 1986, John and his wife, Jill, purchased 45 acres in rural Durham County and Hoffman Nursery was born. The company now supplies over 150 taxa of grasses and grasslike plants to the wholesale trade. John is president-elect of the Perennial Plant Association and serves on the board of several horticultural organizations.

Cost: Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Registration: Advance registration is not available.
Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Directions: Need directions? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.

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