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.
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.
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.
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.