Winter Symposium

"Creating a Successful Home Landscape: Where Ecology and Aesthetics Meet"

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 8:00 am12:00 pm


The seventh annual Winter Symposium focuses on integrating creative function into the home landscape in a way that is both beautiful and ecologically responsible. The schedule this year features three prominent professional landscape designers and home gardeners who lend their varied backgrounds and specialties to provide fresh vision for home landscapes.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

8:00 am   Registration, continental breakfast, and silent auction begins
8:30 am   Presentation
9:30 am   Break and auction
9:45 am   Presentation
10:45 am   Break and auction
11:00 am   Presentation
12:00 pm   Conclusion and auction checkout


The Foodscape Revolution: Ecology and Sustainable Management
Brie Arthur, Garden Industry Communicator

Managing your home landscape in a sustainable manner is important for many reasons, including the health of you and your family, pets, and the living ecosystems that surround your home. Soil science is at the heart of this discussion, as Brie explains how to develop nourishing soil that will reduce disease pressure and watering requirements. Creative crop rotations are examined, including the cultivation of grains. The best organic products are featured to arm attendees with high impact land management ideas. Learn about pollinators and the plants you need to sustain their life cycles while creating a purposeful landscape that nourishes, mind, body, soul, and nature.

"Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams"
Bobbie Schwartz, Bobbie’s Green Thumb

Homeowners often want to make changes to their landscape but have no idea where to start, what questions to ask, and don’t know how much they don’t know that they need to know. They also need to set goals and priorities and evaluate their existing landscape before making changes. An extensive discussion of soil, light, and moisture as well as marrying the house and the landscape should lead to a better understanding of the convergence of aesthetics and ecology.


Brie Arthur

Brie Arthur, Garden Industry Communicator

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied landscape design and horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, she now combines her passion for plants and sustainable land management by communicating the value of gardening across the United States. Brie has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban foodscape movement and for her work with public schools across the United States. She appears as correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World and her debut book, The Foodscape Revolution has become a best seller on Amazon.  In 2017, Brie was honored as the first recipient of the The American Horticultural Society's Emerging Horticultural Professional Award.

Bobbie Schwartz

Bobbie Schwartz, Bobbie's Green Thumb

Bobbie Schwartz, a certified landscape designer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the owner of Bobbie's Green Thumb, a full-time business focusing on landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance, lecturing, and writing.

Most of Bobbie's designs are for residential properties. Her landscape signature is the use of perennials, flowering shrubs, and ornamental grasses to facilitate color and interest throughout the year.

An obsessed gardener for forty-eight years and a landscape designer for forty years, she is continually learning from seminars and conventions of the trade associations to which she belongs. Her extensive travels to gardens and nurseries have contributed greatly to her knowledge of design and new plants. Bobbie has received several design awards for residential, commercial, and institutional designs.

Since 1988, Bobbie has been lecturing locally and nationally for botanical gardens and landscape associations on various aspects of design and perennial and ornamental grass gardening. She also writes extensively for various associations and magazines. In October 2017, her book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, was released by Timber Press.

Early registration (ends February 5, 2017): $50.00 for members, $65.00 for nonmembers; late registration (begins February 6, 2017): $65.00 for members, $80.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
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 symposium.