China is enjoying unprecedented growth and development. Horticulture has been growing at 15 to 20% per year as an industry, faster than the economy as a whole...that growth involves new plants, partners, projects and planning...how this impacts the USA gardening world depends on how we interface with this new superpower on the world stage. Dave Creech will summarize some of his work in southeastern China working with plant breeders, joint ventures, and the nursery industry.
Dave Creech has been at Stephen F. Austin State University since September 1978. He teaches a wide range of Horticulture courses. In addition, he is the director of the 20-acre SFASU Mast Arboretum, an on-campus living garden laboratory for students in forestry, biology, and horticulture, as well as the public. The Arboretum is a treasure trove of new, rare, and unusual woody trees, shrubs, and vines, herbaceous perennials, ground covers, ornamental grasses and annuals. The Arboretum's primary focus is evaluating a wide range of plant materials for landscape use in the south. In addition, Dave Creech is co-director of the 40-acre on campus Pineywoods Native Plant Center. This resource, dedicated in 2000 by Lady Bird Johnson, has the mission to promote the conservation, education, and use of the native plants of the southern forest. Dave Creech was president of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), 1991-1992, a 1,900 member, 31 chapter organization dedicated to the conservation, selection, and use of the native plants of Texas. He travels widely and lectures frequently to many nursery, landscape and gardening groups and has numerous scholarly and trade publications and presentations. He has enjoyed 16 international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, and currently he is collaborating with several joint ventures in China related to the nursery industry.
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. Bring your membership card to check in quickly, but as always, we will have a membership list at registration.
Registration: Advance registration is not available.
Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
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Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this event.