A Half-Day Symposium on how to grow and use conifers in the landscape followed by a choice, exclusive conifer sale!
UT Gardens Knoxville, Plant Bio-Tech Building on the UT Agriculture Campus
Saturday, January 28th from 8:30 a.m. to noon (symposium)*
Conifer sale to follow: 12:00-12:30 p.m. - open to symposium attendees only
12:30-2:30 p.m. - open to general public **
Cost: $30 for members; $35 for non-members
Come and learn about some of the most beautiful and low maintenance plants you can have in your garden. Conifers offer some of the best year-round interest, color, and form for your garden. They are an integral plant to a well-rounded garden design. Participants will learn about the most beautiful and low maintenance selections for your garden which are adapted for our region. This half-day symposium includes three educational lectures which cover not only the best conifers for our region but how to grow and care for these plants and how to use them in garden design. January is an ideal time to plant conifers in your gardens. Symposium attendees will get to shop early before the sale is open to the general public.
*Symposium includes education, coffee break, and early entrance to conifer sale.
**Plant inventory is limited; arrive early for best selection. Sale may end before 2:30 if plants sell out.
8:40 Welcome - Dr. Sue Hamilton
8:45 'Great Conifers for our Tennessee Landscapes' - Dr. Sue Hamilton
9:45 'How to Grow and Manage Conifers in the Landscape' - Dr. Andy Pulte
10:40 Coffee Break
(The coffee break will be a great time to browse the conifer sale selections, but there will be no pre-sales)
11:00 'How to Use Conifers in Your Landscape Design' - Dr. Sue Hamilton
12:00 Conifer Sale opens to symposium attendees only
12:30 Conifer Sale opens to general public
Dr. Sue Hamilton is director of the University of Tennessee Gardens. Under Hamilton's leadership, the Gardens have been named the State Botanical Gardens of Tennessee, and a network of UT Gardens locations have been established statewide with sites in Knoxville, Crossville, and Jackson. These Gardens are important 'proving grounds' of landscape performance in Tennessee for hundreds of new plants each year. Also an associate professor of horticulture in the UT Plant Sciences department, Hamilton is the founding director of the Public Horticulture Program for undergraduate and graduate studies. She teaches courses in Public Garden Management and Operations, Plant and Garden Photography, and oversees Botanical Garden Practicums and Internships. Dr. Sue has co-authored the book "The Best Garden Plants for Tennessee" and writes a monthly gardening column for the Knoxville News Sentinel. She is also a contributor to various magazines including Tennessee Farm & Home, Tennessee Gardener, Fine Gardening Magazine, and coordinates the UT Gardens monthly e-newsletter and bi-annual magazine. During her tenure at UT, Hamilton has represented the Institute of Agriculture in five countries and throughout the USA leading several botanical trips abroad. She was the recipient of the 2002 UT Chancellor's Honors Women of Achievement Award, the 2005 UTIA William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service, and the 2001 Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award.
Dr. Andrew Pulte grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, NE. He recieved his bachelors of science in horticulture from the University of Nebraska in December 2000. Following graduation he worked first for the National Arbor Day Foundation in the education department. This was followed by work at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. While at the zoo, Andy was in charge of all recruitment and training for the zoo's 650 full-time and seasonal employees. Andy received a masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in the area of public horticulture. His current responsibilities include teaching, advising, and coordinating the UT Plant Sciences undergraduate program. Additional responsibilities include serving on the CASNR scholarship committee and assisting UT Gardens programming.