Southeastern Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our First Annual Southeastern Plant Symposium and rare plant auction in June, 2019.  The joint event between the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden was well-received.

We are pleased to announce that we will hold the Second Annual Southeastern Plant Symposium online via a Zoom Conference on Friday, June 12, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The symposium is a horticultural immersion event for plant lovers, keen gardeners/plant collectors, botanic garden staff, and green industry members.

This will still follow the fast-paced, plant-centric symposium format with six of our best speakers! Due to the online format, we reduced the cost of attendance to $50, so we hope you can join us.

We will also still be holding our Rare Plant Auction, via ClickBid, an online-only auction platform (link will be sent out prior to the event). There are more than 100 interesting and rare perennials, trees and shrubs well-suited to the Southeast. The Auction opens on Tuesday, June 9. You will need a credit card to register for the auction.

All proceeds from the symposium go to fund the operations/operational endowments of the sponsoring organizations.

Schedule: Pre-registration will allow you to access the Zoom presentations at any point in the future.

  • 10:00 AM - Gather and introductions
  • 10:15 AM - "Things That Turn Me On - Confessions of a Plant Freak" - Nick Macer, Pan-global Plants
  • 10:45 AM - Break
  • 10:50 AM - "High and Dry - The Wonderful, Wild, World of Crevice Gardening" - Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
  • 11:20 AM - Break
  • 11:30 AM - "The Land of Ahs" - Jimmy Turner, Red Butte Garden
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch break and tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum with Mark Weathington
  • 12:30 PM - "Plantdemic in the Far Reaches" - Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken, Far Reaches Farm and Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy
  • 1:00 PM - Break
  • 1:05 PM - "A Morning Walk-through of Gardens of Windcliff" - Dan Hinkley, Gardens of Windcliff and Heronswood
  • 1:35 PM - Break
  • 1:45 PM - "Breeding of the Beautiful Royal Hawaiian Collection of Colocasia" - John Cho, Ph.D, University of Hawaii
  • 2:15 PM - Q&A
  • 3:00 PM - Auction ends and Symposium concludes
  • The fabulous line-up we’d originally scheduled will be shifted over to the 2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium.

    Event Details

  • Cost: $50.00
  • Registration: Advance registration is required. Online registration is considered complete when payment is received.
  • Cancellation: A 15% cancellation fee applies.
  • Location: Online via Zoom. Instructions will be provided by e-mail.
  • Questions: For more information or if you have any questions, please email Amanda Wilkins
  • For Registration Information, Please Click Here