Gardening in the South

Now Available on YouTube Live

Sponsored by Leaf & Limb

Featuring Basil Camu, Danesha Seth Carley, and Bill Fonteno

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 9:00 am12:00 pm

Now Available on YouTube Live

Gardening in the South is being simulcast via YouTube Live. Join us there on Saturday, February 6 beginning at 8:45 am.

Confirmations and Waitlist

The details needed to join us virtually on Saturday morning were e-mailed to all registered participants on Wednesday evening. If you didn't receive the e-mail, please look in your Promotions tab(Gmail users) or in your spam folder. A reminder will be sent out early on Saturday morning. If you haven't received the e-mail, please contact Chris Glenn at

Due to the limitations of our webinar, this symposium has filled to capacity. We are investigating other means of broadcasting this program live so please fill out the waitlist so we can notify you when we know more.

Gardening in the South is back for new and experienced gardeners alike! Join us for a series of presentations that are guaranteed to expand your horizons. This winter's speaker lineup includes Danesha Seth Carley, Basil Camu, and Bill Fonteno.


Saturday, February 6

9:00 am
Welcome with Mark Weathington
9:10 am
"Good Garden Soil: Build It and They Will Come"
William Fonteno, Ph.D.
10:00 am
10:05 am
"Four Ways To Make Your Trees Happy + Two Critical Errors to Avoid"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
10:25 am
10:30 am
"Let's Talk Pollinator Gardening: Plan, Plant, and Maintain Successful and Beautiful Pollinator Gardens"
Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D.
11:20 am
Q&A with the speakers
12:00 pm

Magnolia 'Green Mist'


containerized tree being root pruned and planted

"Four Ways To Make Your Trees Happy + Two Critical Errors to Avoid"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb

Trees were—and are—one of nature's most powerful tools for creating the planet we know and love today. One of the best ways we can show love to our beautiful planet is by planting trees and caring for the ones we have. Especially in the urban environment, trees need our help to be healthy and happy.

During this lecture, we will explore two key areas. First, we'll examine four ways to produce healthy, happy trees. We'll discuss when and how to plant trees, a framework for pruning goals, how to make excellent pruning cuts, and ways to create healthy soil where your trees will thrive. Then we'll discuss two critical errors to avoid: chemicals and something called a "buried root collar." Both of these can cause great harm to your trees. By the end of this presentation, you will hopefully have enough information to begin planting and caring for trees in a way the benefits all of your local ecology.

Healthy trees in abundance create happy people and a vibrant planet.

pollinator garden with columns

"Let's Talk Pollinator Gardening: Plan, Plant, and Maintain Successful and Beautiful Pollinator Gardens"
Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D.

Every thoughtfully designed garden, no matter how small, can play a huge role in providing the habitat, nourishment, and nesting places so needed by pollinators. This presentation will bring science and art together to guide you through building, renovating, or enhancing your garden to help foster and protect pollinators and create your very own pollinator haven. We will discuss choosing locations, selecting the best plants for pollinators, how to consider seasonality in your garden design, managing your garden throughout the year, and much more.

garden soil

"Good Garden Soil: Build It and They Will Come"
William Fonteno, Ph.D.

Most people in the Triangle have poor soils to garden in, but don't really know it. And a regular soil test will not show you problems or how to fix it! We will discuss the causes and cures of poor soil in urban environments. The good news is we can make tremendous soil for our gardens with great drainage and water retention, good chemistry, and lots of "rhizo-biology" for healthy and productive gardening.


Basil Camu

Basil Camu, Chief Vision Officer and Wizard of Things, Leaf & Limb

Basil’s official title? Chief vision officer and wizard of things. He is also a Treecologist and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. Basil went to Duke, where he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in economics and history. After working as an economic analyst, Basil decided to abandon this career path and become an entrepreneur. If he is not working, Basil's favorite pastime is hanging out with his amazing wife and sons. His favorite hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, soccer, power lifting, long distance running, hiking, traveling, and reading a good biography. Favorite foods? Blazing hot peppers, pickles, garlic, capers, and anything from Lucette Grace (best pastries ever!)

Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D.

Danesha Seth Carley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Danesha Seth Carley is an associate professor of horticultural science at NC State University. Her research and outreach programs for Sustainable Managed Landscapes focus on pollinator protection and habitat conservation. Recent projects include the restoration of historic Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4 Golf Courses, and the completion of a book entitled: Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats (available March 2021 through the University of North Carolina Press).

Bill Fonteno

William Fonteno, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Bill Fonteno has been a professor of horticulture at NC State for 42 years. He teaches courses in plant growth and development and greenhouse production. His expertise is horticultural substrates and urban soils. He has been the technical advisor for the national Mulch and Soil Council for 15 years, and developed the quality program for all consumer potting soils, soil additives, and mulches sold in the United States.

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