Kalmia Gardens to host symposium on native plants

The Cardinal Flower is vibrant example of the native plants in South Carolina.

The Cardinal Flower is vibrant example of the native plants in South Carolina.

Kalmia Gardens is excited to host “Why Native Plants Matter In The Landscape”. This symposium will be held on the morning of October 1st from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and will feature:

• Dr. Larry Mellichamp from Professor of Botany Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, author of “Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden.” He will speak on “Why Native Plants Matter and How To Use Them In The Home Landscape.”

• Dr. Arlene Marturano from University of South Carolina’s Center for Science Education will speak about “Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration.”

• Dr. Patricia G. Lincoln, Professor of Biology Emerita, Coker College and will speak on the topic of, “Our Native Bees: Friends in Need.”

Morning sessions will be held at Elizabeth Boatwright Performing Arts Center of Coker College, followed by box lunch picnic and private native plant sale for attendees at Kalmia Gardens of Coker College. Kalmia Gardens is 3 miles from the College.

During the private plant sale at Kalmia Gardens, Dr. Mellichamp will be available to answer questions, identify plant samples brought in from your yard, and answer landscape questions if attendees bring photo of their yard or design drawing of their site. Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he taught for over 39 years and was also director of their 10-acre botanical gardens. Mellichamp is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and is a popular speaker on many botanical topics. He has received several teaching awards, written many articles on plants and gardening, and published books “The Winter Garden” (1997, with Peter Loewer), “Bizarre Botanicals” (2010, with Paula Gross), and “Native Plants of the Southeast…the best 460 species for the garden” (2014). He has botanized extensively in the eastern United States and around the world.

Contact Mary Ridgeway, mridgeway@ coker.edu or 843-383-8145 for more information.Please contact note dietary restrictions when making reservations. Ticket sales end on September 28, or when sold out.

Author: Jana Pye

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