Wednesday, February 6, 2013

If you are interested in both gardening and history, the Southern Garden Heritage Conference is for you!

A day listening to fascinating speakers like Felder Rushing and William C. Welch talk about heirloom fruits and vegetables sounds good to me! How good? Good enough to take a day's vacation and come back to the same building where I work for that vacation day. I try to do that every year, because this is always a great conference. It is a relaxing, fun day, with time to interact with the speakers and other attendees, yet informative and detailed enough that landscape architects can count CEU credits. Come join us on Friday, February 15th! - Connie

Annual Southern Garden Heritage Conference celebrates heirloom fruits and vegetables

Gardeners, landscape architects, preservationists, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise will gather at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Friday, February 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to learn about heirloom fruits and vegetables and explore the rich gardening traditions of the South. The 2013 Southern Garden Heritage Conference features speakers such as William C. Welch of Texas, author of Heirloom Gardening in the South, and Felder Rushing of Mississippi, author of Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for All Senses and All Seasons. This event is sponsored by The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and UGA College of Environment and Design in cooperation with The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., Friends of The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Cherokee Garden Library ofthe Atlanta History Center, and the Southern Garden History Society. For more information or to register for this conference, call 706-542-6156 or visit

Here's the direct link to the conference page.


Southern Garden Heritage Conference: Gardening with Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables
Friday, February 15, 2013 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Callaway Building Auditorium, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605
Cost: $105, includes lunch
Landscape architects can receive CEU credits for this conference.

9:00     Welcome
9:15     Georgia’s Agrarian History: Dreams, Successes and Failures, Jeff Lewis
9:45     Heirloom Gardens and Landscapes of the South, William C. Welch
11:15   Heirloom, Smeirloom – How Does it Look and Grow Today?, Felder Rushing
12:15   Lunch
1:30     Great Sources for Heirloom Plants, William C. Welch
2:00     Historical Overview of Blueberries in Georgia, Gerard Krewer
2:30     Heirloom Seedsavers: Their Contribution to Southern Landscapes, Virginia Nazarea and Susannah Chapman
3:30     Hyde Farm: Continuing Local Agriculture along the Chattahoochee River, Beth Wheeler Byrd and Cari Goetcheus

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