Davidson Horticultural Symposium XXV – March 2-3, 2009 Shouldn’t be missed!



March 2-3, 2009 www.davidsonsymposium.org


The 25th Davidson Horticultural Symposium celebrates this special anniversary by examining the evolution of the garden, providing both a reflective and a futuristic look at garden design and procedures.

Historically, gardens were planned to meet physical, social, and cultural demands; today’s gardeners must also meet those demands in both personal and community gardens. Practical gardeners want to know how to deal with issues of water and rural pests in urban sites. Artistic gardeners seek the pleasure of growing new ornamentals and vegetables and of using creative designs that work today.

Join us as we reflect on the past, explore future opportunities and glean solutions for the gardens for our time.

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a foundation dedicated to preserving the living heritage of American landscapes including public parks, historic sites, gardens, scenic highways, college campuses, farmland, cemeteries and industrial sites

Don Boekelheide is the Community Gardening Director at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, a non-profit inter-faith organization which addresses the needs of people facing homelessness and poverty. He leads projects to grow food and flowers. He is a test gardener and correspondent for Organic Gardening magazine.

Don Booth, Ph.D. in Entomology and BS in Forest Biology (Syracuse University, NY), is a respected Entomologist and Pest Management Specialist at Bartlett Research Laboratories in Charlotte. At the Davidson Horticultural Symposium, Booth will focus on animal and bird pests such as moles, voles, raccoons, deer, rabbits, muskrats and geese in urban environments.

Bruce Clodfelter, ASLA, is a landscape architect, horticulturalist and avid gardener. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. His firm, Bruce Clodfelter and Associates, focuses upon designing fine residential gardens in the Southeast

Nigel Dunnett, Ph.D, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, England and also Director of the Graduate Research School and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science Landscape Design with Ecology Degree. His teaching and research focuses on urban environments that are rich in vegetation and nature, primarily gardens, urban parks, and on and around buildings within high-density developments

Ellen Kirby recently retired from Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and now resides in Winston Salem. Her twenty-five year involvement led her to develop and direct the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Green Bridge” program focusing on community horticulture and urban composting.

Mark Weathingtonis the Assistant Director and Curator of Collections at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. Weathington speaks on a variety of topics in horticulture including water-wise plants and underused species and has published articles in Horticulture, Carolina Gardener, American Nurseryman and Virginia Gardener.


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