JC Raulston Arboretum Symposium

"From Origins to the Landscape"

  • Friday, October 22, 2004 – 6:00 pm9:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 23, 2004 – 8:00 am5:00 pm

This year the JC Raulston Arboretum has elected to thread together several speakers whose depth of expertise can best illustrate our symposium's theme, "From Origins to Landscape." These noted professionals are highly sought after as individuals, with each well known to captivate a gardening audience. As a group, they will be synergistic as presenters. Symposium attendees will have that rare chance to hear transfixing accounts of how new plants become a part of the landscape palette, see how their discovery and hybrid development came about, and understand how new and well known ornamental plants became staples in our surrounding landscape. In a way, this symposium should take you from start to finish, in a matter of speaking!

About the Speakers

Dan Hinkley – Author, avid plantsman, instructor, and cofounder of Heronswood Nursery in Washington State. Dan writes frequently for Pacific Horticulture, The American Gardener, Horticulture Magazine, The Gardener, and Martha Stewart Living magazines and is a highly sought after lecturer. His book, The Explorer's Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials, received the 1999 American Horticulture Society Book Award. He is currently working on the second book in the Explorer's Trilogy, featuring shrubs and vines. He will be sharing exciting new discoveries from his plant travels to Vietnam and Turkey.

Tom Ranney, Ph.D. – Professor and faculty member of NC State University. He works as a research scientist at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Fletcher, North Carolina, where his focus is on evaluation, selection, and development of new landscape plants. He will be discussing the benefits of controlled hybridization in connection with creating new and unique plants with enhanced pest resistance, adaptability, and ornamental merit.

Carol Reese – Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist for the Western District at the University of Tennessee. While she has received both her bachelors and masters degrees in horticulture from Mississippi State University, she says her real credentials come from being a descendant of several generations of bona fide plant nuts. Carol has had the opportunity to cruise many fine gardens, photographing many fanciful, ingenious, and humorous features that make a garden truly special, including some very imaginative ways of using plants for special effect.

Rick Schoellhorn, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and Floriculture Extension Specialist. He was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award by the Florida Nursery and Growers Association in 2003, has experience in retail nursery sales, golf course maintenance, wholesale nursery production and sales, and landscape and interiorscape installation and design. His talk will include origins of tropicals, and how to use tropicals in your garden, designs, and landscape contracting.


October 22, 2004 (Friday)
5:30 PM – Registration Begins
5:30 PM – Silent Plant Auction Begins
6:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Keynote Speaker "Plant Collecting in Turkey and Vietnam" Dan Hinkley, Heronswood Nursery, Kingston, WA
8:30 PM – Plant Auction
9:30 PM – Friday Evening Activities Conclude

October 23, 2004 (Saturday)
8:00 AM – Registration Begins
8:00 AM – Continental Breakfast 8:00 AM Silent Plant Auction Begins
8:30 AM – "Berried Treasure – Mining the Woody Gems of the JC Raulston Arboretum" – Walking Tour Michael Dirr, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA
10:00 AM – "Dreaming Plants" Tom Ranney, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Fletcher, NC
11:00 AM – Break and Book Signing
11:20 AM – "From the Tropics to Your Garden, It is All About Color and Texture" Rick Schoellhorn, Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
12:20 PM – Lunch and Book Signing
1:30 PM – Silent Plant Auction Closes
1:30 PM – "Gardens that Wow! Inventive Gardens with Adventurous Spirit" Carol Reese, University of Tennessee Extension Service, Jackson, TN
2:30 PM – Post Symposium Reception and Auction Check Out
3:30 PM – "Berried Treasure – Mining the Woody Gems of the JC Raulston Arboretum" – Walking Tour Michael Dirr, Ph.D.
4:30 PM – Symposium Concludes

Symposium Tour – Registration for the Tour Has Closed

"Berried Treasure – Mining the Woody Gems of the JC Raulston Arboretum"

Michael Dirr, Ph.D. – Author; retired professor; lecturer; and highly awarded, honored, and well-known plantsman. He has made many significant contributions to horticulture through his work as a professor with both graduates and undergraduates, in his many writings and books, and as a lecturer to both professional and amateur gardeners. Join Michael Dirr's tour as he "walks and talks like the wind" about his favorite plants.


The symposium is being held in the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, North Carolina.

A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn – Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, for $69.00 (single and double rates). Please make your reservation as early as possible by calling (800) HOLIDAY or (919) 828-0811. The reservation cutoff date is October 8, 2004 (Friday). Be sure to specify "JCRA" when making your reservation.

The Holiday Inn – Brownstone Hotel is located at 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605-1640.

Web site: www.brownstonehotel.com

Special Offer from Plant Delights Nursery

All JCRA symposium attendees and FOA members will receive a 5% discount on their purchases at Plant Delights Nursery between October 18, 2004 (Monday) and October 22, 2004 (Friday). Additionally, Plant Delights will then contribute 5% of these sales to the JCRA. Visitors should call (919) 772-4794 to schedule their visit. For more information about Plant Delights, please visit their Web site at www.plantdelights.com.

Registration Form

Please download and the symposium brochure (PDF – 32K) for the registration form.

Symposium Only: $125.00 for members, $155.00 for nonmembers – Symposium and Tour (Closed): $150.00 for members, $180.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required and is limited. Registration begins on September 7, 2004 (Tuesday) at 8:30 AM. To register by phone, please call Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457 or Donna Walker at (919) 513-3826. To register by fax, please send your registration form to (919) 515-5361.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
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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 event.