Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"The Surprising New World of Magnolias"
Gary Knox, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Horticulture and Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops. North Florida Research and Education Center

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

New magnolia discoveries, new introductions, and a new crop of breeders are astounding and delighting the magnolia world—and soon gardeners and nature-lovers everywhere! Gary Knox, president of Magnolia Society International, will highlight some of the new species introduced and the precarious conservation status of recent discoveries. Moreover, he will showcase some of the new hybrid magnolias being developed for climates ranging from Zone 3 to Zone 10 with a focus on Zones 7–8!

Magnolia 'Yellow Fever'

About Gary Knox, Ph.D.

Gary Knox is president of Magnolia Society International and a professor of environmental horticulture with the University of Florida at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) located outside Tallahassee. In addition to research interests in pest-plant-environment interactions, Gary is working with a nonprofit volunteer group to develop Gardens of the Big Bend, a series of botanical and teaching gardens at the Center. The UF-NFREC Magnolia Garden is one of the gardens composing the National Collection of Magnolia.

Other than magnolia, Gary's other plant passions include crapemyrtle, camellia, hydrangea, Southern bulbs, succulents, hardy palms, conifers, ornamental vines and other plants (so many species, so little time!).

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.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.