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The JC Raulston Arboretum

Twentieth Anniversary Symposium

The Global Garden

A Symposium on Plant Exploration

September 27 and 28, 1996

The Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

near Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

(Registration Information)

How Does Your Garden Grow?

With roses twining 'round an arched trellis?

perhaps Rosa 'Nastarina,' from the pleasure gardens of Persia

With Queen Anne's Lace dancing through your meadow garden?

an immigrant with the Pilgrams, who brought well loved plants from home

With a stately specimen of the delicate native Franklinia?

a tribute to eighteenth century American plant explorer John Bartram, who discovered this rare Georgia beauty now extinct in the wild

Since before recorded history, humans have collected and cultivated plants that promised finer fruits, more bountiful harvests, or more beautiful gardens. And this practice continues todya, providing one of the last frontiers for discovery accessible to everyone from the most far-ranging world adventurer to the home-loving amateur naturalist.

This symposium will exmine plant exploration in all its many forms. You'll hear the rich and fantastic history of Chinese Wilson and other early plant collectors, discovering our most familiar landscape plants in the wilds of faraway lands. You'll thrill to first hand stories from this century's leading plant explorers. You'll never drive an interstate again without thinking of the fantastic plants found by vigilant plantspeople screeching to the should to collect seed from a superior native, spotted from the freeway. And you'll learn the importance of these plants of our ever-changing environment, as well as the controversy surrounding their cultivation.

How does your garden grow? Perhaps as your personal oasis, filled with the world's treasures. Certainly as a microcosm of the global garden.


Friday, September 27

6:00 PM Registration begins at Sheraton Imperial.
Bookstore open.
Rare plant silent auction begins
7:00 PM Welcome and introduction of Roy Lancaster.
Dr. J.C. Raulston, Director, The JC Raulston Arboretum.
Edith R. Eddleman, Garden Designer.
7:05 PM My Life as a Plant Explorer.
Roy Lancaster.
8:00 PM Dinner and Salute to J.C. Raulston.

Saturday, September 28

7:00 AM Registration begins at Sheraton Imperial
Bookstore and silent auction open
8:00 AM Opening remarks
Tony Avent, Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Hal Hopfenberg, Director of the Kenan Institute, North Carolina State University
8:05 AM The History of Plant Exploration
Dr. J. C. Raulston
8:55 AM Plant Collecting in Japan
Barry Yinger
New Products Resources Manager for Hines Nursery, Inc., Irvine, CA
9:45 AM Break
Bookstore and silent auction open.
10:15 AM Rambling the US and Mexico
Logan Calhoun
Landscape Architect
11:05 AM Lunch in the Empire Room
12:30 PM Exploring South Africa
Panayoti Kelaidis
Denver Botanic Garden
1:20 PM Tresures from Nurseries & Gardens of Europe
Allen Bush
North American Manager, Jelitto Perennial Seeds
2:10 PM Break
Bookstore and silent auction open
2:40 PM Rare plant live auction
Silent auction closes
2:50 PM Been there, found that, what's next?
Personal vignettes of plant discoveries
3:40 PM Winners of silent auction announced
Tony Avent
3:50 PM The Global Garden: Treasure Chest or Pandora's Box?
Dr. J. C. Raulston
4:40 PM Symposium adjourns to The JC Raulston Arboretum
and the fun continues...

Everyone is invited to close out the symposium at the Arboretum's twentieth birthday party, featuring the World's Biggest Bannana Split Party. The Arboretum is at its best in autumn, so come on out and enjoy the fun, the food, and the beauty of the early fall garden.

Just preceding the birthday celebration, Arboretum members can enjoy the fruits of plant exploration around the world at The JC Raulston Arboretum Annual Rare Plant Distribution. People from as far away as Massachusetts and Georgia participate each year in the renowned epic event. Over 5,000 extraordinary plants will disappear in three minutes. Don't be late! A Friends of The JC Raulston Arboretum membership card will be required for admission. You may check your membership status, replace a lost membership card, or become a member at the symposium registration desk.

6:00 PM (arrive by 5:00 p.m. to check in) Rare plant distribution at The JC Raulston Arboretum for Arboretum members only. Membership registration available throughout symposium.
6:30 PM Twentieth Anniversary Celebration with The World's Biggest Banana Split Party at The JC Raulston Arboretum

Symposium Speakers

Tony Avent and his wife Michelle are owners of Plant Delights Nursery at the Juniper Level Botanic Garden, and leaders of One More Block garden tours. Tony is also a garden writer and a plant explorer in his own right, and will be departing immediately following the symposium for an expedition to China.

Allen Bush is the North American Manager of Jelitto Perennial Seeds. He was owner of the former Holbrook Farm and Nursery, which introduced many exciting plants from the gardens of Europe into North America. This year, Allen will lead a group of colleagues to Great Britain for a collecting expedition.

Logan Calhoun is a landscape architect and former owner of King's Creek Landscape Designs and Nursery in Dallas, Texas. Logan's plant explorations officially began with his discovery of Salvia gregii 'Pink Preference' an the age to twelve. His travels have since taken him thoughout the world.

Panayoti Kelaidis is the Plant Evaluation Coordinator and Curator of the Rock Alpine Garden at the Denver Botanic Garden. A native Coloradan, he pioneered the cultivation of many trees, shrubs, and perennials. He has collected extensively in Mexico, South Africa, Europe, and Turkey.

Roy Lancaster, internationally known plantsman, lecturer, writer, and broadcaster, is a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and a recipient of the RHS Victoria Medal of Honor. Mr. Lancaster is widely recognized as the premier plant explorer of his generation.

Dr. J. C. Raulston is a Professor of Horticultural Science at NC State University, and Director of The JC Raulston Arboretum. He has won numerous awards for his work in horticultural education and plant introduction. Dr. Raulston was once cited by Dr. Richard Lighty as having put more plants into the hands of those who could get them into production than anyone else in America.

Barry Yinger is the New Products Resources Manager for Hines Nursery, Inc. Irvine, CA. Since his graduate days in the Longwood Program for Public Garden Management, Yinger has traveled extensively into Japan and Korea, and introduced many new plants into cultivation. His exceptional contributions were rewarded when one of his discoveries, Hosta yingeri, was named after him.

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