GROWING GREAT GARDENERS SYMPOSIUM a fundraiser to benefit Great Dixter Scholarship Program
Master Gardener Linda Cobb, in partnership with Spartanburg Community College Foundation and the Spartanburg Community College Department of Horticulture, brings you a one-day garden symposium featuring world-renowned horticulturalist Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter in England and horticulturalist Aaron Bertelsen also from Great Dixter. Great Dixter is the former home of the late Christopher Lloyd and is now a center for learning. Dixter trains gardeners, and these students find their niches in the top gardens of Europe, England, and the United States.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Spartanburg Community College, Central Campus, Tracy J. Gaines Auditorium
$60 per person; limited seating
To purchase tickets,
Call (864) 592-4624 or
Schedule, Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10:30 a.m. “Good Planting: Designing with Plants” —Fergus Garrett
12:00-12:45 Boxed Lunch
1:00 p.m. “Life in a 15th Century Manor House” —Aaron Bertelsen
2:00 p.m. Silent Auction Winners Announced
2:10 p.m. “Succession Planting: Extending the Season” —Fergus Garrett
3:00 p.m. Symposium Ends
3:30 p.m. Tour of SCC Horticultural Gardens
“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Fergus’ caliber to our school of horticulture. We are proud to support Garden Education,” -Jason Bagwell
SCC Horticulture Program Director
A bit about the Symposium Speakers:
Regarded as the epitome of English plantmanship, the garden at Great Dixter is managed by Fergus Garrett. Brought to Dixter as Head Gardener in 1992 by the late Christopher Lloyd, Garrett now combines his hands-on management with lecturing, writing, service on Royal Horticultural Society committees, judging of plant trials and, as Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, he is moving the east Sussex garden in ever more exciting directions.
Accompanying Fergus will be another Dixter horticulturalist, Aaron Bertelsen, a 2003 graduate of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew School of Horticulture. While at Kew, Aaron was awarded various honors including the Lecturer’s Prize and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners’ Prize. He is House Manager at Great Dixter. Dominique Browning wrote of Great Dixter in Travel & Leisure (April 2011): “To spend a week gardening there is to enter a magical dimension in a nurturing place, grounded in rich legacy, enthralling beauty, and the bright companionability of growing flowers and sharing them with the world.” “Dixter is all about spirit—and atmosphere.” —Fergus Garrett
Posted August 9, 2013
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