9:00 -10:00 am Speaker 1- Augustus Jenkins Farmer
Augustus Jenkins Farmer is a renaissance plantsman. He fell for plant sciences at Clemson University, for botanical garden design at the University of Washington and for the natural world during an early education from a family of artists, musicians and farmers.
For 20 years, Jenks led teams to plant and establish the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens; Riverbanks Botanical Garden and founding Horticulturist of Moore Farms. Through those and his designs for homes, museums and businesses have received awards and delighted hundreds of thousands visitors with the joyful, easy exuberance of hand crafted gardens.
An engaging storyteller and teacher, he’s established multiple internship programs and is talented at getting people of all ages and from all walks of life to get outside and get their hands dirty. He’s lectured for groups as varied as the NC State Agricultural faculty, the Smithsonian, Wave Hill, lots of Master Gardeners and of course, his grandmother’s Allendale Ladies Afternoon Reading Club.
His writing has been published in journals, Organic Gardening, Horticulture and recently his photos in the Royal Horticulture Society magnolia quarterly. He is the author of Gardening with Crinum Lilies, Deep Rooted Wisdom and Lessons Learned from Generations of Gardeners.
10:00-10:45 am Speaker 2 - Adam Negrin, PhD
Dr. Adam Negrin; Lehman College; The City University of New York; Department of Biological Sciences
In keeping with our Mission Statement, The HSA Executive Board approved a $5,000.00 Educational Grant to Post-Doctoral student Adam Negrin to assist with the funding of his investigative genetic research of the Genus Ilex. The Taxonomy and Research Committee and Board are looking forward in working with Dr. Negrin as his research unfolds. Additional information and reports will be published in a future issue of the HSA Journal.
11:00-11:45 am Speaker 3: Joshua Giordano-Silliman
Joshua Giordano-Silliman has been practicing horticulture in Charleston for over 20 years. He graduated from Trident Technical College with an Associates of Agriculture (2001) and Clemson University with a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture (2004). His professional accreditations include being a South Carolina Certified Nurseryman, SCNLA, (1998, #295). He formed a research, consultation, and technology development business, Hortfire LLC, in 2008. He enjoys fishing, cooking, and volunteering for the South Carolina Seafood Alliance in his spare time.
Joshua has done extensive work in selecting of Ilex vomitoria as a tea and beverage, and will have samples to try.