The Asheville NC Arboretum is again hosting the popular “Speaking of Gardening Symposium” on August 24th and 25th.
Ralph, Innkeeper and Master Gardener of our Asheville bed and breakfast, has been on the planning committee for the past two years, helping to bring the world’s gardens to Asheville, NC. There is always an international fair to this symposium, and this year is no exception.
Our keynote speaker is Mike Buffin, who serves as Gardener and Parks Adviser for the National Trust, United Kingdom. His keynote lecture is titled “Growing Plants in a Global Greenhouse.” His resume includes caring for some of our most historic gardens in the world such as those in London, Southeast England, and Northern Ireland.
Another international nurseryman speaking at this year’s symposium is Takayuki Kobayashi from Japan. His two speaking events are titled “The Evolution of Japanese Horticulture” and “Ornamental and Edible Selections and Trends in Japanese Horticulture.” Other speakers include Jenks Farmer and Rita Pelczar. Jenks is presenting a lecture on “Sioux Gardening,” which certainly offers an intriguing title.
This 2-day seminar always sells out, so if you have friends who are passionate gardeners, send them the information or visit www.ncarboretum.org. While you are at it, think about staying at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, and Ralph will give you a personal tour of the WhiteGate gardens.
Ralph has enjoyed working on the committee this year and is connecting with other passionate gardeners and plant professionals. BB Barnes has 2 representatives on the committee, and 2 employees at the NC Arboretum are serving. Ralph has headed up the catering efforts this year, so look for great lunches and snacks from Laurey’s and the Savory Thyme Cafe`.
Another fun part of the Symposium is the live and silent auction showcasing rare and unusual plants. Ralph is contributing an orchid arrangement featuring three types of orchids with unusual ferns, begonias, and tropical foliage plants, in an original container by Asheville Artist Chris Mello.
Come enjoy all the fun and learn a lot at the same time! And Asheville is always a great place to visit.