Gaggle of Garden Gurus at Ginter


Oh, the wisdom spilling from these distinguished mouths at Lewis Ginter Garden's "Gardening in the Era of Climate Change" event in Richmond, VA this week.  From the left they're:

  • Jim Urban, landscape architect, very enlightening on the subject of trees and soils in cities.
  • Dick Bir, beloved NC State Extension leader (now retired), on my favorite plants – shrubs.
  • Felder Rushing on – I'm not sure, but his photos were awesome and he was absurdly entertaining.
  • Ken Williams, designer with the innovative, super-green firm Nelson, Byrd, Woltz in Charlottesville on natural hydrology in the garden.Allan400
  • Alan Armitage, again on whatever he wanted to talk about (consumer and industry trends).  Always fun to listen to.

On the second and third days women speakers DID appear, I was happy to learn.

I'll be posting more here or on my blog about their talks, with a photo or two from their PowerPoints, if they're willing.

And can I show Allan off in one more photo?  Robert Redford, eat your heart out.


  1. In response to lower solar activity allowing greater amounts of cosmic radiation to form more clouds shading the earth and producing record rains and snowfall. The earth has once again started to cool as it has without fail under the same circumstances for 500,000 years.

    It is silly to discuss Gardening in the Era of Gloabal Warming when even the IInternational Panel on Climate Change acknowledges the cooling and that it may continue into the middle of the next decade (2015 or so). Thus the change in name from Global Warming to Climate Change.

    I am sure there was a lot of knowledge at the symposium and a lot of great information on gardening from these experts. They should, however, rename these events to Gardening in the Era of Climate Change of more correctly Gardening in the Era of Global Cooling.

    Global warming is obsolete and there cannot be more than a handful of skeptics that cling to this failed theory.

  2. Doe’s smog keep us warmer? Is it warmer in China than here? I don’t know what to think but it’s not warm here.

  3. Susan,
    It was great to meet you, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed the symposium and that you are sharing this very important information with your readers.
    I look forward to reading more about your take on the presentations on your blog.
    Also, be sure to check Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s blog later this week or early next for podcasts from the symposium and a summary of the speakers’ presentations.

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