In partnership with Greystone Inn, a series of experts will come to present about and discuss landscaping, history, and ecology of the Southern Appalachians while having fun! Our expert will give an informal talk for ~30 minutes, followed by Q&A and discussion. Attendees can get up, grab an hors d'oeuvres or refresh their beverages at any time. Our summer speaker series is FREE, no registration required!
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June 18 : Marci Spencer
Author, Historian, and Naturalist
The History of Pisgah National Forest
After Congress passed the 1911 Weeks Act, allowing the federal government to purchase private property for forest reserves, Pisgah National Forest became the first national forest in the East in 1916. Take a cultural and natural history tour of Pisgah's three ranger districts with author, Marci Spencer. Local DAR leader, Molly Tartt, will discuss the 2015 efforts to preserve the history of a forgotten red spruce forest created in PNF by the DAR in the 1930s. Marci will have here collection of published books available for purchase and signing following her talk.
July 23 : Sue Cameron
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Talking Bats, Drinking Brews
Bats are perhaps some of our most misunderstood and under-appreciated wildlife, yet they are vital to a healthy environment and eat tons on insects every night. Populations of many species of North American bats are rapidly declining due to a disease called white-nose syndrome. It is becoming increasingly important for us to understand and appreciate bats and to protect them from the many threats they face. Come learn more about these fascinating creatures with Sue Cameron, Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
August 13 : Josh Kelly
Public Lands Biologist
Biodiversity of the Southern Blue Ridge
Come experience the plants, animals, ecosystems, and geography of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Through narratives, pictures, and a question and answer session, the presenter and audience will explore the life found in our beautiful mountains. Josh Kelly was born in the mountains of Wertern North Carolina and studied biology at UNCA. He specializes in plant biology and has worked to identify the remnant old-growth forests of the Blue Ridge with the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Josh also promotes ecological restoration of public land at WildLaw. Since 2011, Josh has worked for MountainTrue, where he provides local expertise to improve public land management in the region.
September 3 : Mary Palmer Dargan
Licensed Landscape Architect (RLA)
Dargan Landscape Architects, Inc.
Tricky Places: Mountain Landscape Design
Our mountain gardens provide extraordinary opportunities to work hand in glove with nature. Learn how to read your land, match flora with your environment, worship trees, capture views, create terraces for entertainment or design places simply to enjoy magical times with your family. Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA is a licensed landscape architect, botanist and author of award-winning books, Lifelong Landscape Design and Timeless Landscape Design. Dargan Landscape Architects (est. 1973) is active in environmental and landscape design projects across the southeast and in Cashiers since 1997. The Placemakers Academy's Garden Talk Salon includes a digital learning system for homeowners, please join us for our summer lecture program!