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Carol Reese

Dan Hinkley

Heronswood and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society are pleased to present our annual joint symposium. This event is a fundraiser for the two organizations, and will take place in-person at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Our annual symposium gets better every year, and this year’s may be the best yet! The four outstanding speakers will be:

Carol Reese—a recently retired Extension Horticulture Specialist based at West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Carol is a popular writer and speaker, mixing humor with solid gardening information. In a recent interview with Horticulture magazine, when asked about her horticultural education, she said, “I came back to school in my mid-thirties. I had saved just enough brain cells from my partying years to ace the plant courses…because I was fascinated with all things plant.” Her lecture, “Native Plants: Facts and Fallacies,” will separate fact from fiction about whether native plants are more likely to succeed, and if they are always a better choice for supporting insects.

Dan Hinkley—The name says it all, but for those of you who are new to gardening, you may not be familiar with the iconic Dan Hinkley. He is known and revered around the world as a plant explorer, author, and speaker. With his partner, Robert Jones, he established the world renowned Heronswood Nursery (Now Heronswood Garden) as well as famed Windcliff. Dan has won a vast number of prestigious horticultural awards too numerous to name. His latest book, Windcliff: a Story of People, Plants, and Gardens, will be available for purchase at the symposium, and Dan will even sign your book! His presentation, “Twenty-Five Plants (but who’s counting?) I’m Glad I’ve Had,” will showcase plants that span the seasons in the Pacific Northwest.

Wambui Ippolito—Wambui was the 2021 Best in Show award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest show of its kind in North America. Born in Kenya, East Africa, she was influenced by her mother’s garden in Nairobi, her grandmother’s farm in the countryside, and the natural landscapes of East Africa. A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Horticulture, Veranda magazine named her one of “Eleven Revolutionary Female Landscape Designers” and she is a much-in-demand speaker. The title of her lecture is “Immigrant Landscapes; Following Immigrant Footprints through the American Landscape.”

Andy Sturgeon—Andy is one of the United Kingdom’s leading garden designers. Inspired by art and architecture, his work explores the relationship between plants and structure and the wider landscape. Andy is the winner of nine RHS Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, and three times “Best in Show.” In both England’s Sunday Times and Garden magazine, he is placed in the Top Ten list of landscape designers in Britain, and he has received recent accolades including Gold Awards from Singapore, South Korea, and Philadelphia. Andy lectures around the world and is a published author, broadcaster, and active commentator in the international garden design sector.

The symposium will be held in-person in the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The ticket price includes sandwiches donated by Great Harvest Bread Company.

AFTER SEPT 1: BBGS & Heronswood Members: $105/Non-members $125

Wambui Ippolito

Andy Sturgeon

Saturday, September 17, 2022
9AM – 3PM
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

$105 BBGS & Heronswood Members/$125 non-members



Thanks to Great Harvest Bread Company!