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Ted Stephens – “New and Exciting Plants”
January 11, 2021
This month’s speaker, Ted Stephens, was recently mentioned in Fine Gardening magazine: “Fragrant tea olive (O. fragrans, Zones 8–11), also called sweet olive, is—no surprise—the most fragrant of all tea olives and blooms for the most extended period of time. Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta, South Carolina, cleverly observes that they bloom “in every month with an R in it,” although this is true most heavily in October and November.”
Ted founded Nurseries Caroliniana, a retail garden center featuring rare and unusual plant materials, almost 50 years ago. This award-winning horticulturist has traveled the globe, bringing back exciting new flowering shrubs and perennials for the U.S. market. Among his many accomplishments and global adventures, Ted taught horticulture at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea.
Owner of Nurseries Caroliniana
North Augusta, SC
- Received B.S. and M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Clemson University.
- 1969-1972, taught Horticulture in the Department of Golf Course and Landscape Operations at Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida.
- 1973 to present, Founded Nurseries Caroliniana, in North Augusta, SC, a retail garden center and nursery focusing on offering rare and unusual plant material to the gardening public. Osmanthus fragrans is a specialty of his nursery where one will find one of the largest collections of Osmanthus on the internet.
- Through travels abroad, Ted has introduced many new plant selections to the gardening public. He has also developed a number of cultivars himself.
- 2015 – Received the Don Shadow Award from the Southern Nursery Association for Exemplary Service, Leadership and Generosity in the Development, Promotion and Use of New and Improved Landscape Plants.
- 2016 – Taught ecology and horticulture at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea