MidSouth Native Plant Conference: Natives and Beyond

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Date: 08 October 2010
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $100 9/01 $125 9/02 later
Location: Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN. 38117
Phone: 901-761-5250


After a 13-year hiatus, the Mid-South Native Plant Conference returns to Memphis, TN. October 8 through October 10, 2010, bringing brings a world-class roster of nationally acclaimed horticulturalists, botanists, and other environmental experts to the midsouth.
The purpose of the 2010 native plant conference is to promote awareness of the use of plant choices, horticultural practices and garden designs that work with nature and have a positive environmental impact.
On the evening of October 8th, the event will be kicked off with Felder Rushing, author, former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist for Jackson, MS. and syndicated columnist, speaking on “How to Grow Natives in an Urban Setting” and tours of the Dixon gardens including the recently redesigned woodland gardens by Dale Skaggs, Dixon’s Director of Horticulture.

Saturday, October 9, will be a full day of distinguished speakers, many never having spoken before in the Memphis area. Key note speaker, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, new president of Missouri Botanical Garden will speak on “Botanic Gardens of the World as Developing Centers for Plant Conservation and Sustainability. After Dr. Wyse Jackson, the conference will present the following sessions:

• C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, award-winning author, and teacher from Charlottesville, VA. “Great Natives for Tough Places”
• Ann English, landscape architect and rain scapes specialist of Montgomery Co., MD. “Storm Water Landscapes: Rain Gardens and other Strategies for Improving Water Quality”
• Rick Lewandowski, director of Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, DE. “Nurturing Gardens Inspired by Nature”
• Don Shadow of Shadow Nurseries, Winchester, TN. “New and Useful Native Plants for Mid-South Gardens and Landscapes”

An optional guided field trip through Overton Park’s Old Forest and private garden tours will be offered on Sunday, October 10.