Lecture Series


Title Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts

Our monthly educational Lecture Series, free to current CHS members, welcomes horticultural experts from all over the country, as well as locally, sharing their experiences and expertise on a variety of subjects from landscape design and preservation to butterflies and world travel. Our lectures always are tailored to relevancy of gardening and growing here in the Lowcountry and are attending by over 1500 members and visitors each season.

Lectures are held at 6:30pm at The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, 29403.  

Admission: $10.00 (Free for CHS Members)


Monday May 14th at 6:30pm
The Nichols Bros. – Aka. Mr. Maple
Japanese Maple Madness

From the largest collection of Japanese maples in the United States, Matt and Tim of MrMaple.com will discuss new, interesting, and exceptional Japanese maples.

This will be a very special lecture to close out our 2017 -18 Lecture Series season as the guys at Mr. Maple will be taking pre-orders online exclusively to CHS Members. By order and paying in advance online through their inventory of stunning Japanese maples, you will save money on normal shipping costs as they will delivery to the lecture location just for you. They will also bring with them a small variety of trees to select from on site starting at 5:00pm the day of the lecture.

To pre-order your trees online visit Mr. Maple’s website page dedicated to Japanese Maples (HERE). Once you have selected your items and put them in your Shopping Cart, select Check Out and enter code: CHARLESTONPICKUP.  This takes off the shipping charges as these trees are to be picked up at the presentation. Larger trees are available, but must call Tim at (828) 551-6739 to pre-order. This is a courtesy service offered only to current CHS members with delivery only on Monday May 14th. You must make arrangements to pick up and load your trees between 5:00pm – 6:30pm the day of the lecture. No exceptions.

About Mr. Maple

Matthew and Tim Nichols are the co-owners and operators of MrMaple.com, and MrGinkgo.com. They are passionate about their love for maples and they share this interest through educational talks and group presentations. They enjoy helping people learn about Japanese maples.

Matt’s knowledge and  love was recognized nationally when he was the lead speaker for the 2012 Maple Society Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Tim Nichols was a speaker at the 2013 Maple Society Meeting in Asheville, NC. Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Matt and his brother Tim have expanded their father’s  hobby into a respected nursery that offers a large selection from their ornamental tree collection of over 1000 Japanese maple cultivars, and over 150 cultivars of ginkgo trees, and many other woody ornamentals.

Tim and Matt are accomplished grafters who consider themselves students of maple and ginkgo propagation and are  progressive in looking for improvements to this process. Matt Nichols is the former President of the North American Branch of the Maple Society, and Tim is the current President.

They travel extensively  talking to industry leaders about propagation and advanced growing methods. Matt  and his brother recently were guest lectures on Japanese Maple propagation for  NC State University at the JC Raulston Arboretum. They have also guest lectured on propagation at the University of Tennessee. In 2013, Matt and Tim presented their first academic article on Japanese Maple Propagation to the Southern Region of the International Plant Propagator’s Society.  MrMaple.com was recommended in the May 2011 issue of Southern Living Magazine. MrMaple.com was featured on an episode of In the Garden with Bryce Lane on PBS in fall 2013. MrMaple was featured in the 2014 Fine Gardening Magazine 140. In 2016, MrMaple was featured on Magaret Roach’s A Way To Garden NPR radio show. MrMaple received a free trip to Japan and was featured on Tokyo Television on an episode of Nihon Ni Ikitai in December of 2016. MrMaple was recently featured in an 8 page spread in the 2017 Fall Issue of Country Gardens Magazine by Tovah Martin. Expert Picks. MrMaple was recently featured on a Joe Gardener podcast, and filmed for an episode of Growing a Greener Wrold. If you want to learn about Japanese maples, MrMaple.com is the place to be.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Bartlett Tree Experts

Abide-A-While Garden Center

Oct. 9: Brie Arthur
Nov. 13: Mark Weathington
Jan. 8: Andrea Sprott
Feb. 12: Pam Beck
Mar. 12: Ernest Koone III
Apr. 9: Lloyd Traven
May 14: Nichols Bros.


2016 – 2017:
Andy McCabe
Linda Lanier
Rudy Mancke
Sidney Frasier
Amy Dabbs
Buddy Lee
Dr. Merle Shepard

2015 – 2016:
Rita Randolph
Ben Lenhardt
Joseph Tychonievich
Susan Haltom
Jon Carloftis
Adrienne Roethling
Pam Beck
Derek Wade

2014 – 2015:
Walter Reeves
Ted Stephens
Bill Welch
Patrick McMillan
Jonathan Wright
Vince Dooley
Karl Gercens
Bill Noble

2013 – 2014:
Glen Gardner
Dr. Lincoln Brower
Karl Gercens
Dean Norton
Betsy Pringle
Gregg Tepper
Sara Clow
Brian Upchurch

2012 – 2013:
Pam Beck
Kelby Fite
John Hoffman
Peter Hatch
Rita Randolph
George Sanko
Karl Gercens
Scott McMahan

2011- 2012:
Patrick McMillan
Ted Stevens
Sheila Wertimer
Bobby Ward
Robert Mottern
David Stickel
Pam Beck
Flo Chaffin