GWA Symposium 2009
Raleigh, NC
September 24-26th

Friday, Sept. 25

Who hasn’t heard of plantsman Tony Avent and his perennial mail order Plant Delights Nursery? What most people don’t realize is that there is an immense collection of rare and unusual plants within six acres of botanical display gardens that surround Tony’s greenhouses and home. We will have this great garden to ourselves for an early morning photo shoot and breakfast, and Tony has arranged to have his staff on hand for those of you who simply must purchase plants to take home. Here is a picture of Pearl the cat too.

The North Carolina Farmers Market was such a hit during a GWA Southeast Regional Meeting several years ago that it was repeatedly requested as a destination for our national symposium. A unique site with local food, cut flowers and garden plant vendors, this active market is a collage of color, smells, tastes and another opportunity to "buy local" while you are visiting.

North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, is the home of the celebrated eight-acre JC Raulston Arboretum, begun in 1976 by the late Dr. Raulston, who was affectionately known as simply “JC” to his students and friends. Raulston collected and trialed plants from all over the world in this outdoor classroom which houses the most diverse collection of cold-hardy, temperate-zone plants in the southeastern United States. The plant collections are interspersed throughout themed gardens such as the white garden, a rooftop garden, the 300-foot-long by 18-foot-deep perennial border, lath house, drought-tolerant screen garden and Japanese garden, just to name a few.
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with the most diverse collection of cold hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. As a part of the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, the Arboretum is primarily a working research and teaching garden that focuses on the evaluation, selection and display of plant material gathered from around the world. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are identified in an effort to find better plants for southern landscapes.

The Arboretum has been largely built and maintained by NC State University students, faculty, volunteers, and staff. Plant collections include over 5,000 total taxa (species and/or cultivars) of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees from over 50 different countries, which are displayed in a beautiful garden setting.




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