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. Non-member price is $10.00.

2016 – 17 Lecture Series Lineup

Andy Cabe HeadshotSeptember 12 – Andy Cabe of Riverbank Zoo
Plants I Can’t Live Without
With 16 years of gardening under his belt at Riverbanks Zoo Botanical Garden in Columbia, SC, Andy has some very specific thoughts on some the greatest plants that he considers a must for any garden. His presentation will include highlights of 30-40 of his favorite plants that he has grown and observed in his tneure at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and bulbs will all be included in the presentation. A handout will be provided that can be used as a quick reference for the plants mentioned.

Joe Henderson HeadshotCANCELLED
This lecture has been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew and travel issues from the storm. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule for a future date

October 10 – Joe Henderson, Horticulturalist & Gardener w/ Chanticleer Garden
The Art of Gardening
Chanticleer Horticulturist and co-author of The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer Joe Henderson will shine a light on the faces behind the voices of The Art of Gardening and highlight their work in the garden, projects they have completed and the personalities which shape Chanticleer. Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.


Linda Lanier HeadshotNovember 14 – Linda Lanier, ‘The Hydrangea Lady’
Hydrangeas for Sun or Shade
Linda, co-founder of Memphis’ Mid-South Hydrangea Society, is a true hydrangea aficionado and lifetime Master Gardener. Her extensive garden travels around the world have garnered the title of the Hydrangea Lady as she speaks on the beloved plant to garden clubs all over the US and beyond. Her lecture will include the six primary species of hydrangeas grown in the Eastern US with information on care, cultivation, and problems that sometimes occur.  It will cover which of these are best grown in sun, or shade, some of the most successful cultivars, and ways to use them in the home landscape.

4403711033_ccaec76fc7January 16 – Rudy Mancke; Naturalist and SCETV Host
The Early Naturalists of South Carolina
South Carolina in general (Charleston specifically) was one of the centers for natural history efforts in America in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. The first museum in America was in Charleston, founded in 1773. The first American flora published using the Linnaean system of binomial nomenclature was Flora Caroliniana by Thomas Walter, in 1788. Lawson, Catesby, Bartram, Audubon, Holbrook, Bachman, and many more added immensely to the understanding of American natural history over those years. We will examine those naturalists and see how their lives left a legacy that lives on today.


westof1502045February 13 – Sidney Frazier of Middleton Place
Celebrating Camellias
Sidney Frazier has dedicated over 40 years to the care of the oldest landscaped gardens in America at Middleton Place. The nucleus of color in the gardens is the camellia, first planted in America near the end of the 18th century in the four corners of Henry Middleton’s parterre overlooking the Ashley River. Sidney’s presentation will cover several aspects of the camellia: its origins in Asia, planting, pruning, propagation, flower forms, diseases and specifics related to the thousands of camellias planted at the André Le Nôtre-inspired formal gardens at Middleton Place.


persbildeMarch 13 – Amy Dabbs, Lowcountry Gardening Guru
Lettuce Grow More Veggies: How To Turnip the Harvest in the Home Garden
Lowcountry gardeners,  dig in to explore growing in raised beds and small spaces for year round harvests.  Discover how to incorporate ornamental edibles into the landscape and how vegetables and herbs can spice up container garden combinations.  Sprout a more diverse and delicious  garden by starting seeds and growing your own transplants at home!


92308979_scaled_156x225Apr. 10 – Buddy Lee – Inventor of Encore® Azalea and Director of Plant Innovations
for Plant Development Services

Trialed and Trusted Plants, Distinctly Southern
Well-known plant breeder Buddy Lee introduces us to the newest plant innovations from the Southern Living Plant Collection, beautiful plants developed in partnership with the editors of Southern Living. Southern Living plants are so much more than just a brand name on a label. Selected specifically for our Southern climate, they are durable, bloom bigger and longer and offer foliage as stunning and healthy as the blooms. Want your gardens to look like the pages of Southern Living®? These plants deliver. Buddy will share proper placement, planting and care tips, plus where to find easy garden plans, to ensure your gardening success.


Merle Shepard HeadshotMay 8 – Dr. Merle Shepard; Emeritus Professor of Entomology Clemson Univ.
Native Pollinators: Their Value, Diversity and Conservation
Native pollinators are critical to the environment and economy.  Nearly 75% of all flowering plants exist because of native pollinating species and 3 out of every 4 bites of food are brought to you by a pollinating species.   In both natural and agricultural ecosystems, billions of dollars of “ecosystem services” are provided by pollinators.  Yet many of both native and cultivated pollinators are in serious decline.  This lecture will explore diversity of pollinating species in the Lowcountry, the causes for their decline, and how we might modify the environment to increase their numbers and biodiversity.





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