Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"My Life as a Perennial Gardener—Natural Habitats, Rarities, Beauties, My Nursery, and Its Showgardens in Austria"
Christian H. Kress, Sarastro Stauden, Austria

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

perennials in a fall landscape

In this presentation, German nurseryman Christian Kress will talk about his life as a passionate perennial gardener. He will introduce his internationally known nursery, Sarastro Stauden, located in Austria. Here, he offers up to 4,000 different hardy, herbaceous perennials but also tell stories about his botanic excursions not only within Austria but to many different countries such as Iran, Kirgizstan, Turkey, and New Zealand. Inspired by great role models such as Karl Foerster, he loves to share his passion about rare perennials that maintain and expand biological diversity in our horticulture industry. This evening, he will be speaking about unique natural habitats and the perennials that live in them, as well some history and vision behind his beautiful nursery in the Austrian lowlands.

Christian H. Kress

About Christian H. Kress

Christian H. Kress is a German nurseryman who started his own nursery, Sarastro Stauden, in Upper Austria 20 years ago. His nursery is known all over Europe and focuses on rare perennials, mainly for plant enthusiasts from all over the world. Before this, he gained experience in several nurseries across Europe and traveled through many countries to learn and observe the local conditions of many perennials. In addition to many well-regarded plant introductions—such as Sedum 'Angelina' and Campanula 'Sarastro'—he also loves to write books, publish articles for well-known garden magazines, and give lectures throughout Europe and Russia.

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.