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Southern Highlands Reserve Annual Native Plant Symposium

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Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020

Venue: Southern Highlands Reserve

Every spring, gardeners, landscape designers, horticulturalists and plant lovers gather at the Southern Highlands Reserve to learn about gardening with plants that are native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The annual Native Plant Symposium is the Reserve’s principal educational event for the year, featuring nationally-recognized native plant experts who support our mission to educate others on the importance of native plant conservation and preservation.

We will begin the day with a continental breakfast and spend the morning learning from experts about their best practices to create and improve resiliency in the landscape. This year, we are pleased to welcome Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden, and Greg Paige, Director of Horticulture & Curator at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum. Todd and Greg will share their knowledge surrounding native trees and planting for a sustainable future. We will also host the first Frank W. Armstrong, III Graduate Student Oral Competition winner who will provide a talk on their research conducted at an area university.

Following our catered luncheon, guests will enjoy a tour of SHR’s gardens guided by Founders Betty and Robert Balentine and SHR staff.

Registration is $125 and includes continental breakfast, educational sessions, luncheon and tour. Tickets will go on sale April 1 through the below website. Please mark your calendars as tickets sell quickly and space is limited.

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Lake Toxaway
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558 Summit Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747




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  • Saturday, August 22, 2020

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