Intro to Gardening in the South

In Person Full

Featuring Amanda Wilkins and Mark Weathington

Sponsored by Leaf & Limb

  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 – 9:00 am12:00 pm

Registration for in person attendance is full and we are no longer accepting registrations. The program will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel next week.

Gardening in the South is back! While gardening in the Southeastern US can have its challenges, particularly for new gardeners and gardeners new to the area, this region is absolutely brimming with potential for creating diverse and breathtaking garden spaces. Join us in-person or online for a morning symposium full of tips, tricks, and insights into Gardening in the South so that your Southeastern garden can start strong and stay glorious!

Registration is now open. We invite people new to the area or new to gardening to join us in person. Because we enjoy sharing all we know about this horticulturally rich area we call home, we invite more experienced gardeners to join us online to participate in the program. This program will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel after the event.

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Saturday, August 27

9:00 am
Welcome with Mark Weathington
9:15 am
"Starting on the Right Foot"
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
9:45 am
"Foolproof Plants for the South"
Amanda Wilkins, Horticulture Agent, Lee County Cooperative Extension
10:15 am
10:30 am
"Post Planting Planning"
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
11:00 am
Q&A with the speakers
12:00 pm


"Starting on the Right Foot"
Mark Weathington
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

A successful garden doesn’t start with the plants, it starts with the site. New to red clay? Have sandy soils? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Have a site that’s already planted but needs help? We can even help you deal with what the previous homeowner left for you.

"Foolproof Plants for the South”
Amanda Wilkins
Horticulture Agent, Lee County Cooperative Extension

The South is a brilliant place to garden and the pallette includes some of the best of both cooler and tropical climes. We'll go on a quick jaunt of some solid plant performers while also discovering some good local gardens and plant sources.

"Post Planting Planning"
Mark Weathington
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

You’ve got your site, you’ve got your plants, now what? Let’s talk about planting, mulching, pests and problems. You’ll get the tools and tips to turn your thumbs green.


Photo of Amanda Wilkins

Amanda Wilkins
Horticulture Agent, Lee County Cooperative Extension

Amanda is the Horticulture Agent for Lee County Cooperative Extension in Sanford, NC. Amanda formerly served as Garden Curator at Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Wake County. She holds a Masters of Science, Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh/University of Edinburgh.

Mark Weathington

Mark Weathington
JC Raulston Arboretum

Mark Weathington is the director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University where he is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. His latest book, Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide, takes his common sense approach and a bit of humor and makes gardening accessible for any level of gardener.

Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape and lecturing on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the JC Raulston Arboretum's vision of "Planning and Planting a Better World." His explorations and speaking engagements have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the United States.

Advance registration is required for both In Person and Online attendance. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited and is complete when online registration is completed. Please register by August 22, 2022 to allow enough time for your registration to be processed in time to receive the instructions to join us.
In Person: JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606; Online.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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