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Symposium: Wild by Design

Oct 9 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$65 – $80

Heronswood and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society are pleased to present our annual joint symposium. This year’s theme is Wild by Design. This event is a fundraiser for the two organizations.


This year’s symposium will have the most illustrious list of speakers ever, and will be a full day of inspirational lectures! This event will take place as a Zoom webinar. Our speakers include:


Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye Manor, former home and garden of one of the most influential garden writers of his generation, William Robinson. Tom will speak on “William Robinson, The Wild Gardener and his Legacy.” Previously, Tom was the assistant head gardener for Sir Paul McCartney and assistant head gardener at Great Dixter, where he assisted Fergus Garrett with the management of the garden.

Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Washington D.C. He will speak on “Translating the Wild.” Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for Arlington National Cemetery, the Philadelphia International Airport, The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over one hundred gardens from Maine to Florida. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Planting in a Post-Wild World.

Dr. Ross Bayton, a London-born botanist and gardener. He gained his PhD at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, studying the classification of tropical palms. He is the author of several books on horticulture including New Trees: Introductions to Cultivation (with John Grimshaw), Plant Families: A Guide for Gardeners and Botanists (with Simon Mangham), and most recently, The Gardener’s Botanical: An Encyclopedia of Latin Plant Names. Currently, he is the assistant director of Heronswood Garden.

Panayoti Kelaidis, a plant explorer, gardener, and public garden administrator associated with the Denver Botanic Garden where he is the Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. He has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG including their renowned Rock Alpine Garden. He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture.

Patrick McMillan, the new director of Heronswood Garden. For over twenty years, he was producer, writer, and award-winning host of the popular ETV nature program, Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. He received his PhD in Biological Sciences from Clemson University, is the former director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and has worked as a professional naturalist, biologist, and educator.

$65 BBGS and Heronswood members/$80 non-members.


Oct 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$65 – $80
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