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Evening at Peckerwood Garden Lecture
November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In our continuing effort to make Peckerwood Garden a publicly-accessible resource for education and enjoyment, we are proud to introduce a monthly program of evening lectures conducted by knowledgeable staff and friends of Peckerwood as well as local or visiting experts. Topics will include various aspects of horticulture, botany, garden design, plant collecting adventures, conservation and many other related fields of interest. During summer and early fall, evening light permitting, the nursery will be open just prior to the lecture, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Unless otherwise noted, presentations will be held indoors.
Attendance is limited so advance reservations are necessary.
Andrew Bunting from Chicago Botanical Garden “Magnolias for the Garden”
Evening at Peckerwood Lecture, November 18th, 7:00 pm
For our November 18th “Evening at Peckerwood” lecture, we are excited to have renowned botanist and horticulturist Andrew Bunting presenting on “Magnolias for the Garden”. Andrew is both assistant director of Chicago Botanic Garden as well as director of their plant collections. Along with appearing on Martha Stewart Living television show, He has lectured at botanical institutions worldwide and has authored many articles in various well-known horticultural magazines and journals.
Andrew is an expert in woody plants, with a particular interest in Magnolias. He is the author of a new book entitled “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias” published earlier this year by Timber Press. He is past president of Magnolia Society International and he visited Peckerwood in August while traveling through the southeast collecting Magnolia pyramidata seed from representative populations throughout the species range for germplasm conservation. We are very grateful that he generously offered to give a presentation coinciding with his next visit to our area.
Regular visitors to Peckerwood likely know of the various Magnolias in our collection, including the special Magnolia tamaulipana John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld collected in Mexico a number of years ago. Many species and hybrids are winter flowering and therefore have gone unnoticed being that our past open days only occurred in spring and fall. Now that we offer tours every month, and to more areas of the garden, visitors will be able to take in these various species and hybrids displaying their full glory through winter and early spring. Andrew’s talk will be an inspiring window into the diversity of ornamental features that Magnolias can offer to the landscape, and will serve as a timely preview for what to expect on our winter tours as well as an introduction to additional distinctive selections worthy of trialing in our area.
All presenters are currently lecturing pro-bono but we are seeking donations/sponsors to allow us to bring in renowned authorities from afar in the near future.