25th Anniversary Symposium

"2001: A Plant Odyssey"

  • Friday, September 28, 2001 – 6:00 pm9:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 29, 2001 – 7:30 am4:00 pm

Entering the 21st Century, we now stand looking back over the past 100 years to the "Golden Age of Plant Hunting," a period when so many of our fine garden plants were introduced by the classic plant hunters—an era, supposedly, never to be repeated. Yet, at the close of the 20th Century, and continuing today, we have embarked on a new age for plants, wherein the pace of new introductions, whether from collecting expeditions or breeding/selection programs, has perhaps never been faster. The new millennium represents a most exciting period for all who love plants.
About the Speakers

Jenks Farmer – Plantsman, author, photographer, owner of LushLife Nursery, Columbia, SC, and Curator of Arcadia, a private, 13 acre, 1930s garden in Columbia, SC. Mr. Farmer will be speaking about combining new, trendy plants with older, more familiar ones in an effort to introduce gardeners to new plant materials without giving up the past.

Harlan Hamernik – Owner of Blue Bird Nursery, Inc., Clarkson, Nebraska. Blue Bird Nursery is one of the most notable and eclectic nurseries in the country. Mr. Hamernik will be speaking about his current plant collection and new plants he will soon be introducing. He has traveled extensively both within the U.S. and abroad. He will be coming to us fresh from an early fall trip to Tibet.

Pamela Harper – Author, plantswoman, lecturer, photographer, and owner of the Horticultural Slide Library of Seaford, VA. Her horticultural interests extend over the whole range of hardy ornamental plants, and her articles and photographs have appeared in many American and English horticultural publications. "Time Tested Plants," her latest book, is a season by season discussion of the very best plants grown in her Virginia garden.

Sean Hogan – Co-owner of Cistus Design in Portland, Oregon. A nurseryman, designer, and plantsman extraordinaire. He will be speaking on a range of plants that are new to us and very exciting – plants from around the world that are suitable to our climate. He is the Director of Collections at the Hoyt Arboretum and is a co-curator of the Chinese Garden, both in Portland, OR.

Todd Lasseigne – Assistant Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum and Ph.D. candidate in Horticultural Science at NCSU. A Southern-born and raised plantsman, whose plant knowledge is best described as "encyclopedic." He has worked and studied in Great Britain at Kew Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh. He will be sharing exciting new discoveries from his plant travels this summer to Japan and the Republic of Georgia.


Friday, September 28, 2001

6:00 PM – Registration and Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Keynote Speaker, "New Plants We Can Grow" – Sean Hogan, Cistus Design, Portland, Oregon
9:00 PM – "Moonlight" in the Gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Saturday, September 29, 2001

7:30 AM – Registration Begins and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – Welcome, Bob Lyons, JC Raulston Arboretum Director
8:45 AM – "Time Tested Plants" – Pamela Harper, Harper Horticultural Slide Library, Seaford, Virginia
9:45 AM – "Break"
10:15 AM – Door Prize
10:30 AM – "Eclectic Plants for Eclectic People" – Harlan Hamernik, Blue Bird Nursery, Clarkson, Nebraska
11:30 AM – Lunch, Plant Auction, Bookstore Open, and Book Signing
1:30 PM – Door Prize
1:45 PM – "Plant Combinations That Break the Mold and Startle the Senses" – Jenks Farmer, LushLife Nursery, Columbia, South Carolina
2:45 PM – "From the Pleistocene to the Present: Too Many Plants to Lust After" – Todd Lasseigne, JC Raulston Arboretum Assistant Director, Raleigh, North Carolina
4:00 PM – Symposium Concludes

All events, except the "Moonlight" in the Gardens, are being held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center.

Keynote Speaker Presentation Sponsor

Ball Horticultural Company

Patron Sponsors

New Garden Landscaping and Nursery
Parker's Landscape Services
Taylor's Nursery
The Brickman Group


The symposium is being held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. To reserve a room at the hotel for the night of September 28, 2001, please call (919) 941-5050 or (800) 325-3535. A block of rooms has been reserved for $77.00 (single and double – Hotel Level) and $85.00 and $100.00 (single and double, respectively – Club Level). Please make sure your reservation August 29, 2001 and specify the JC Raulston Arboretum to receive the special rate.

Members: $125.00, Nonmembers: $135.00.
To register, please call (919) 515-3132.
The Sheraton Imperial is located at 4700 Emperor Boulevard in Durham, North Carolina.
Emperor Boulevard is located off Page Road, Exit #282, Interstate 40.
Free parking is available at the Sheraton Imperial.
For more information, please call (919) 515-3132.