POSTPONED - Join us in August!

Our Native Giants: The Role of Trees in the Landscape

2020 Native Plant Conference
August 22, 2020 - 9am

Due to recent mandates on social distancing set forth by federal, state and local government officials, it is with deep sadness that we announce the postponement of our Annual Native Plant Symposium.

However, thanks to the efforts of our speakers, sponsors, and caterer, we are thrilled to announce that the Native Plant Symposium has been rescheduled for August 22nd, 2020. We plan to maintain our current line-up of incredible speakers and experiences and hope that you will be able to join us.

Once a year, gardeners, landscape designers, horticulturalists and plant lovers gather at the Southern Highlands Reserve to learn about gardening with plants that are native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The annual Native Plant Symposium is the Reserve’s principal educational event for the year, featuring nationally-recognized native plant experts who support our mission to educate others on the importance of native plant conservation and preservation.

We will begin the day with a continental breakfast and spend the morning learning from experts about their best practices to create and improve resiliency in the landscape. This year, we are pleased to welcome Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden, and Greg Paige, Director of Horticulture & Curator at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum. Todd and Greg will share their knowledge surrounding native trees and planting for a sustainable future. We will also host the first Frank W. Armstrong, III Graduate Student Oral Competition winner who will provide a talk on their research conducted at an area university.

Following our catered luncheon, guests will enjoy a tour of SHR’s gardens guided by Founders Betty and Robert Balentine and SHR staff.

Registration is $125 and includes continental breakfast, educational sessions, luncheon and tour. Please mark your calendars and register early as space is limited.

Online registration will open July 15! Early bird registration for Sustainers and Sponsors will begin July 1.