Wednesday Agenda

August 1

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Wednesday Tour A

Hoffman Nursery specializes in ornamental and native grass liners for the wholesale trade. Owned by John and Jill Hoffman, the nursery lies on a 45-acre, former tobacco farm in northeastern Durham County. Now in its 32nd year of operation, Hoffman Nursery grows more than 140 varieties of grasses, sedges, and grasslike plants. Visitors will appreciate seeing and hearing about management of the 51,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, propagation facilities, and automated production lines. The nursery grounds and gardens highlight the beauty and functionality of Hoffman Nursery’s plant palette. They include a native sedge garden, a densely layered hillside planting for erosion control, a 1,300-ft.-long mixed border planting, and demonstration gardens surrounding nursery offices. Visitors can also learn about Hoffman Nursery’s efforts to manage, conserve, and reuse water on site.

Wednesday Tour B

More than fresh vegetables, it’s a family adventure. State Farmers Market in Raleigh is considered one of the nation’s best and most modern markets. Visitors enjoy 75 acres of indoor/outdoor specialty shops, restaurants and garden center, with fruits, vegetables, meats, and gift products from across the state. Plants are available starting in March and local fruits and vegetables are sold throughout the growing season. The market is open 7 days a week, Monday thru Saturday 5:00am - 6:00pm and Sundays 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Logan’s is a Garden Center located in downtown Raleigh at the historic Seaboard Railroad Station. In 1965 Robert (Bob) Logan Sr. was full of determination to start his own business. His idea was to put vending machines that dispensed worms around a local lake to make fishing a convenient pastime. Listening to his wife’s advice, a railroad salvage business was begun instead. A few years later Bob began selling bedding plants and other garden related products, and Logan’s began to blossom.

In 1983 Robert Logan, Jr. assumed leadership of Logan’s. With his love of retail business, Robert continued to grow the family trade. Robert and his wife, Julie, purchased the Bagwell Seaboard Railroad Station in downtown Raleigh where Logan’s garden center relocated in 1991. This new location provided space to add a gift department and a wide variety of household and gardening items.

Leslie and Joshua Logan are now “on board” as the third generation of Logan’s, working alongside both of their parents to continue to grow and transition the company into a cutting-edge retail experience.

They carry trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, houseplants, tropicals, pond plants, pond accessories, soil, mulch, soil amendments, garden tools, fountains, organic gardening products, outdoor furniture, fertilizer, seeds, heirloom seeds, bulbs, gift items, and much more!

Afternoon Sessions

Networking Lunch & Trade Show

Lunch will be served on the trade show floor, giving everyone more time to mingle and visit with exhibitors.
Come hear about what is happening with the Perennial Plant Association. All are welcome to attend this open meeting.
(as of May 1, 2018)

Attendees rotate between 20 round tables, each assigned with a topic and staffed by an expert. Many of the experts are PPA speakers, others have topics of interest to share, and others are industry personalities. During this 90 minute session, attendees will rotate every 15 minutes (at the sound of the bell) to a different table to chat with one of the experts. The goal is to allow more personal time for Q&A, and to connect with other members who have a similar interest.

Round Table Speakers:

Bobby Mottern: Director of Horticulture, Horticulture at Duke Gardens

Brent Heath: Brent and Becky's Bulbs Co-Owners, Bulbs in the Perennial Garden

Dan Heims: Terra Nova Nurseries, Founder, New Perennial Plant Development

Dr. Joe Neal: NC State Horticulture weed science specialist, An Apple a day doesn't keep the weeds away - weed control among perennials

Hans Hansen: Walters Gardens Director of New Plant Development, Creating New and Garden Worthy Perennials

Hilary Nichols: Market Development Coordinator, US Composting Council, Community Contributions to Your Business

Janet Draper: PPA President, Gardener, Smithsonian Institution, PPA Sounding Board

Jeremy Schmidt: Juniper Level Botanic Garden Research Horticulturist, Urbanite Outfitters - Creating a Crevice Garden with Recycled Materials

Kevin Vaughn: Iris breeder, and author of Beardless Iris, Iris

Lauri Lawson: Plant Delights Nursery Garden Supervisor, Medicinal Plants

Mark Weathington: Director, J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Horticulture at JC Raulston Arboretum

Mary Vanannan: Jelitto Seed Co., Living in a Seedy World

Robert Lawless/Dennis Carey: Plant Delights Nursery Website Development & Programming/ Assistant Nursery Manager, Nursery Inventory Control Systems

Tom Fisher: Timber Press, Editor-in-Chief, So You Think You Want to Become a Garden Writer

Tony Avent: Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden, Founder, Horticulture at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Jim Dempster: Apiarist, Mgr. Bayer Eastern Bee Care Center

Ed Snodgrass: Emory Knoll Farms President/Founder

Ann English: Rainscapes Program Manager, Montgomery County Parks, MD

Brent Horvath: Sedum Breeder, Author The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums, Founder Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, IL

Judith Jones: Founder, Fancy Fronds Nursery @ The Frondorosa

Wednesday Dinner

Join us Wednesday night for dinner at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Experience North Carolina barbecue at its finest and wander the garden rooms and world-renowned collections of this expertly curated arboretum.

This is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.

In 1975, J. C. Raulston arrived in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University to teach and to start an arboretum which would serve as a living laboratory for students and faculty, and a resource for professionals in the green industry and for the public. In 1976, with a master plan drawn up by his graduate student, Fielding Scarborough, J. C. made the first plantings at the North Carolina State University Research Farm Unit 4 (now the Horticultural Field Laboratory) on Beryl Road on portions of an eight-acre parcel designated as the NCSU Arboretum, assisted by his research technician Newell Hancock and a few dedicated students. Over the years, the Arboretum would grow to ten and a half contiguous acres, be renamed in his memory as the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and achieve international recognition for its imaginative use of resources and the excellence of its plant collections.

Since J. C.'s death in 1996, the Arboretum has moved forward under the directorships of Bryce Lane, Bob Lyons, Kim Powell, Denny Werner, Ted Bilderback, and Mark Weathington. In 2002, the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center provided needed space for offices, meeting rooms, and educational classroom space, while staff buildings and a visitor center allowed for the growing number of activities and for staff, volunteers, and supporters to participate on-site in the life, maintenance, and mission of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Early landscaped garden areas included the Perennial Border, Mixed Border, White Garden, Lath House, Rose Garden, Winter Garden, and student-designed Model Gardens and the Necessary. Periodically rebuilt, revised, and replanted, these areas were later joined by the Asian Valley, Plantsmen's Woods, the Swindell Contemplation Garden, Xeric Garden, Scree Garden, and numerous other gardens and pathways made accessible for the disabled and all visitors. Outstanding plant collections grew and changed, including conifers, redbuds, magnolias, and others.

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