Symposium Success!

If you’ve been feeling neglected, I don’t blame you. I’ve been preoccupied with pursuits that have left little time for writing, particularly the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Symposium, an annual event designed to nurture the Upstate gardening community with ideas, inspiration, and enthusiasm for the upcoming growing season.

Gordon Hayward, kick-off speaker, signing Art and the Gardener at his book table.

Gordon Hayward, kick-off speaker, signing Art and the Gardener at his book table.

Lucky for me, I’m part of the Speakers Committee that selects the symposium’s theme and programs each year. This work tops my list of “fun things” and I can truly say the rewards are always greater than the effort.

The 2014 symposium (held Saturday, February 1), Crafting the Artful Garden, featured Gordon Hayward, garden designer and author of 11 gardening books; Carol Reese, garden writer and Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with UT Extension; and Chris Crowder, Head Gardener of Levens Hall, Cumbria, England.

Jean and Terry share their secrets on fairy gardens and terrariums.

Jean and Terry share their secrets on fairy gardens and terrariums.

Kudos to these enthralling speakers and those who offered equally successful concurrent sessions—Brie Arthur of Camellia Forest Nursery, Lisa Wagner of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and local Master Gardeners Jean Lindsey, Terry Gentry, and Heather Collins.

If you missed the fun, here are a few more photos to whet your appetite for next year… as well as other upcoming events in our region.

Pre-Function Area packed with vendors and shoppers.

Pre-Function Area packed with vendors and shoppers.

Carol Reese kept attendees in stitches as usual.

Carol Reese kept attendees in stitches as usual.

Plant vendors, such as Specialty Ornamentals, made shopping a competitive sport.

Plant vendors, such as Specialty Ornamentals, made shopping a competitive sport.

Chris Crowder of Levens Hall brought the house down with his US debut.

Chris Crowder of Levens Hall brought the house down with his US debut.

Art winner!

Art winner!

Be sure to add these upcoming events to your calendar:
York County Master Gardener Symposium, Joy of Gardening, March 1
Davidson Horticultural Symposium, It’s All About Plants, March 4
SC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale, April 11-12 & April 26
Hatcher Garden Spring Plant Sale, April 18-19
Greenville Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, April 26
SC Native Plant Society Spring Plant Sale, April 26
SC Master Gardener Jamboree, May 2

Many thanks to Heather Collins for use of her stunning photos.

8 thoughts on “Symposium Success!

  1. Jane Hincemon

    I think I forgot to leave my comments sheet…I would love to see Jon Corloftis as a speaker one year.,,.Do so enjoy the symposiums!

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  2. Evelyn JW

    Loved Gordon’s presentation of gardens, through eyes of painters who seem to see colors, views and designs that others my miss without careful observation. Carol Reese is always a package of entertainment with specialty ornamental plants. Thanks for finding great speakers!

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  3. Pauline

    I would have loved to be there, what a wonderful time you must all have had. One name jumped out at me, Chris Crowder. I learnt woodcarving with his father, who was so proud of him!

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      How exciting, Pauline, what a small world we live in! I feel a bit like a Fairy Godmother, having met Chris at Levens in the summer of 2012 and then being the first to schedule him for a program in the US. You will be glad to hear he is presenting at the Longwood Gardens Symposium today, another feather in his cap!

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