2019-2020 Schedule Archive

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List of program schedule during our 2019-2020 season:

December 2, 2019

Get Set For A Jolly Good Time – A favorite holiday tradition with some new twists and a 93rd Anniversary!

9 am – 12 noon – Help set up the Mint Museum Randolph Lobby for the holidays. Come anytime. Light refreshments served.
9 am – 12 noon – Holiday Fresh Wreath Making Workshop (Ivey Room) with Christina Nail, CGC member and owner of Darling Dogwood Events and Floral – SOLD OUT.
6 pm – 7 pm – Enjoy a glass of wine or cider as you enjoy the holiday decorations and shop the UMAR Holiday Pop-Up Shop! Support this non-profit which guides artists with developmental disabilities to discover their talents with paintings, floral designs, topiaries, and other artistic delights. 100% of the proceeds will go to UMAR. (Heritage Gallery and Ivey Room).
7 pm – 8:30 pm – Join a Charlotte Garden Club friend, supporter, and simply talented floral designer, Jeff Drum, show how to make holiday centerpieces and arrangements by Bringing the Outside In. Watch Jeff work his magic. There will be several arrangements available for sale. (Van Every Auditorium)

November 18, 2019

Jay Sifford, My Garden, My Teacher

The first part is a photographic tour of my garden and the reasoning behind it. The second part deals with both the design lessons and the life lessons that my garden has taught me.

A good garden is a metaphor for life and, if we listen, can affect the direction and the quality of our lives. I do tend to approach garden design from these perspectives: art, philosophy, psychology, spirituality, story-telling, magic and horticulture.

BIO: Jay Sifford is a garden designer based in Charlotte, NC. He describes himself as an artist, a magician, a story-teller and a horticulturist. He believes that everyone can have a great garden and that a great garden is much more than just a collection of plants. Jay uses philosophical, psychological and spiritual principles to design magical and immersive gardens that create a perfect retreat for reflection and regeneration.

Jay wrote weekly articles for Houzz for three years. His work has been published in Southern Living, Country Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Garden Design. Jay’s personal garden will be featured in an upcoming book by Karen Chapman called “Deer-Resistant Design”.

October 21, 2019

Bradley Roberts, Conifers of the Southeast

Bio: Bradley earned an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 2008. After serving his internship at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Bradley went on to become the Director of Horticulture at Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, Georgia. He has also worked on the horticulture staff at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, South Carolina, before returning to Brookgreen Gardens. Bradley currently works at the Norfolk Botanical Garden as the Curator of Herbaceous Plants. A native of Horry County, South Carolina, Bradley has an affinity for southeastern natives and is an avid conifer enthusiast who has served as the Vice President and President of the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society.


September 16, 2019

Steve Bender a.k.a Southern Living Magazine’s The Grumpy Gardener!

Steve Bender is Senior Writer at Southern Living and has been with the magazine since 1983. In addition to producing, writing, and editing gardening articles geared to a beginning gardener audience of more than 2.5 million subscribers, he edited The New Southern Living Garden Book, The Southern Living Landscape Book, and The Southern Living Garden Problem Solver, and co-authored the award-winning Pass-along Plants. Steve also writes regularly for his blog, “The Grumpy Gardener” (1.6 million-page views per year), the Grumpy Gardener Facebook page (13,000 likes), and SouthernLiving.com (12 million views/month). He has won many Quill & Trowel awards from the Garden Writers of America and in 2005 was presented the Horticultural Communication Award by the American Horticultural Society. He holds a B.A. in History form Washington College in Chestertown, MD and a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland.

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