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Conifer Symposium

Sat, Jan 28, 2017 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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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.

Dr. Sue Hamilton is director of the University of Tennessee Gardens. 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 Mgt. & Operations, Plant & 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.

Dr. Andrew J. Pulte grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, NE. He received 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 coordination of the UT Plant Sciences undergraduate program.

Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
Fee: $30 for UT Garden members; $35 for non-members.
Price includes coffee and snacks.
Pre-registration is required. Register online at: https://tiny.utk.edu/conifer

8:30 Check-in
8:40 Welcome
8:45 ‘Great Conifers for Our Tennessee Landscapes’ – Dr. 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 check out what conifers we have available in Hollingsworth Auditorium. *No pre-sales*
11:00 ‘How to Use Conifers in Your Landscape Design’ - Dr. Hamilton
12:00 Conifer Sale opens to Symposium attendees only
12:30 Confer Sale opens to general public

Conifer Inventory for the Sale: https://ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Documents/Conifer%20Inventory%202017.pdf

2518 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

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