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Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens


9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
The Heirloom Gardener - Kate Copsey
Whimsical Scavenger Hunt - Curiouser Entertainment
11:00 am
11:30 am
Children's Garden Sneak Peek
12:00 pm
Children's Garden Sneak Peek
12:30 pm
Children's Garden Sneak Peek
1:00 pm
Story Book Walk - Presented by
Tri-County First Steps
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
Roses for the World - Chris VanCleave
3:30 pm
4:00 pm


Paul Haden

9:30 am - Paul Haden - Orientation Theater - Triggering Fond Memories: Plants as Emotional Ties in the Romantic Garden

Horticulturist and plant collector Paul Haden will explore the role of plants as positive memory triggers. Through interactive sensory experiences, plants have the ability to evoke emotion or sentimental value in the garden setting, and are a powerful motivator of not only people, but wildlife as well. When is the last time you took the time out to relax, take-in and appreciate the intricacies of nature? Plants provide humans with countless physical and mental health enhancements; yet some gardeners do not experience many of them because they are a work slave to their ever-expanding plant collections. Actively installing and maintaining a garden setting is only half the 'culture' of horticulture. Romantic style gardens encourage folks to open-mindedly appreciate the many details of nature as they happen each season. Let the right plants work for you as effective quality of life enhancements. What plant species stir emotion in or create sentimental value for you and your loved ones?

Paul Haden is the managing horticulturist for Willow Oaks Country Club in Richmond, VA (1 of 11 new All-America Selections program official Display Gardens for the 2018 season) and the coordinator/emcee of the first annual Central VA Seed Exchange event. Specializing in perennials and detailed theme gardens, the VA Certified Horticulturist and VA Tech graduate spent most of his professional career enhancing the grounds of private estates and managing in-garden special events in OH, DE, NC, VA, and MD (spending over 14 years as a live-on-site horticulturist on 2 properties). A freelance garden writer, photographer, and speaker, the owner of The Fife Corner Orchard is also an active member of the GWA (The Association for Garden Communicators), the Perennial Plant Association, and the American Daffodil Society. Locally, Paul Haden is the visiting designer of Magnolia Plantation's Fairy Garden, installed late this Spring. His personal interests include fine gardening, exploring nature, historical technology, classic cars, vintage Christmas decorations, Lionel electric trains, and Dept 56 Snow Villages.


Sarah Petrowski

CHILDRENS PROGRAM - 10:00 am - Sarah Petrowski - Conservatory - Fairy Garden Demonstration – Add a Little Bit of Fantasy to Your Life

A fairy garden is an enchanting habitat built to lure fairies in. They can be any size and shape and just need a little creativity to come to life. These scenes create a sense of magic and whimsy that can inspire both children and adults. Sarah will show you what materials you can use and how to create your very own magical fairy garden.

Sarah is a longtime employee of Hyams Nursery and Garden Center in Charleston where she works as the company's annual and perennial buyer. She began her career in horticulture at the age of 13 where she worked on an orchid farm before moving on to the propagation houses at Watkins Tree Nurseries in Virginia. While in VA she served as the personal gardener for an English Tudor estate in Richmond focused on the annuals and perennial partier gardens. Upon moving to Charleston, she began work at Hyam in 2002 and also designed for Carolina Landscapes. Sarah is a familiar face in the Charleston horticulture scene where she frequently conducts workshops for Hyams as well as the Charleston Horticultural Society. In her own words Sarah loves what she does because 'I'm obsessed with flowers and color and pretty much anything that has to do with plants!'.

CHILDRENS PROGRAM - 10:30 am - Curiouser Entertainment - Conservatory - Whimsical Scavenger Hunt

Meet in the conservatory to start the Whimsical Scavenger Hunt. This guided scavenger hunt will let you explore the gardens while collecting special ingredients to create your very own Fairy Garden. You might even meet some fairy tale characters along the way!

Kate Copsey

10:30 am - Kate Copsey - Orientation Theater - The Heirloom Gardener

The ladies of the early 1920s experienced a new world with hundreds of new varieties of plants and wealth which allowed them the luxury of travel both at home and abroad. These ladies started the early garden clubs and wrote many books between 1900 and 1925. Their theories of color combinations for perennial beds are still admired in 2018.

Take a step back into the world of 1925 and hear about the new ideas and plants that they were so enthusiastic about.

Kate Copsey is from England and has always been a gardener. Somewhere along the line she became fascinated with the authors of the early 20th century and the perennial borders that they talked about. Kate is a freelance garden writer and author and has gardened across the country from zone 5 to zone 8. Kate is active in Garden Writers' Association and a member of the Southern Garden History Society.


Blanton Sheorn

11:30 am - Blanton Sheorn - Orientation Theater - Horticulture: One Plant at a Time

Join the owner of Church Creek Nursery on an in-depth look at plants. Blanton will be hosting an open discussion on the art-science of growing, pruning and re-potting plants.

Blanton Sheorn graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Horticulture, focused on greenhouse production, in May of 2006. While in school Blanton completed an internship with Ivy Acres on Long Island, NY and Vineland, NJ. Blanton was hired to be a Grower at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC in September of 2006. For his first 6 months at Metrolina, Blanton was responsible for, on top of learning all the systems, two acres of plug production of both seed and vegetative material as well as two Assistant Growers. These plugs were produced in a glass Dutch Venlo greenhouse. After this, Blanton was moved to manage three acres of finish production of annual crops. After nine months of managing these crops and three Assistant Growers in a Cravo open roof greenhouse, Blanton was again moved to manage 12 acres of finish production and six Assistant Growers in a glass, open roof, MX style greenhouse. Blanton's next move added three acres to his control within the same greenhouse range. After two more years as a Grower, Blanton was promoted to Head Grower responsible for three salaried growers, between 25 and 30 Assistant Growers, and 50 acres of glass, open roof, MX style greenhouse. Blanton grew hundreds of varieties of annual crops and also propagated and finished about 3,000,000 poinsettias every year.

Blanton and his team of Growers used all forms of irrigation, including drip, boom, and flood. Blanton's responsibilities included personnel management, training assistants, and all environmental control to include daylength and temperature in each section of the range. Blanton held his Head Grower position for 4 years, before departing amicably to pursue other ventures.

In January, 2018, Blanton finalized the purchase of Church Creek Nursery Inc. along with related assets, and has been growing plants ever since!


12:30 pm - LUNCH BREAK

CHILDRENS PROGRAM - 1:00 pm - Story Book Walk


Christine Coker

1:30 pm - Christine Coker - Orientation Theater - Creating Your Own "Garden of Eatin"

Find out what all the buzz about "edible landscaping" is about. No matter the type of garden you love, from formal to casual, there are great edibles that you can incorporate into your design! Learn about beautiful and delicious trees, flowers, vines, shrubs, and ground covers in this look at how to build your own Garden of Eatin'.

Dr. Christine Coker has been with the Mississippi State University's Coastal Research and Extension Center for 17 years. She is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture and Research Leader of the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County.

Dr. Coker graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1996 with a B.A. in Biology and from Austin Peay State University in 1998 with a M.S. in Biology. She received her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Auburn University in 2001.

Passionate about feeding people, her research and service activities focus on food security from production to consumption. Christine's research interests include commercial vegetable production, home gardening, green roofs, school gardens, and community food systems. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes, a community kitchen and local food ministry, and is also involved with the Mississippi Food Policy Council and the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Additionally, Christine flourishes when empowering others through organizations like the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women's Association.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family. She lives with her husband, Randy, in Biloxi, MS.


Chris VanCleave

2:30 pm - Chris VanCleave - Orientation Theater - Roses for the Real World

Join the "The Redneck Rosarian", Chris VanCleave, for Roses for the Real World. This fun and interactive presentation will break down common myths about growing roses and demonstrate how to select the best varieties and companion plants to achieve maximum results in your garden. Chris will also share his best tips for planting and caring of the roses and have some great giveaways!

Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian," Chris VanCleave is America's Favorite Rose Gardener. In 2009, he created the Rose Chat Podcast, which has reached nearly a million listeners with news and information on growing the world's most beloved flower. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith's Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. In 2016, through a partnership with DeWit garden tools, he launched "Redneck Rosarian" by DeWit, a line of heirloom-quality garden tools for today's gardener and in 2018 launched "Haven Select for Redneck Rosarian", a line of soil conditioners in partnership with Haven Brand Soil Conditioners. Locally, Chris serves as chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board, where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top 100 places to live in the United States and last year helped launch the nation's first municipal Earth Kind Rose Trial there. His writing is seen at, the Home Depot Gardening Club and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. Mr. VanCleave tends a garden of nearly 200 roses in Helena Alabama.


Lauren Graves

3:30 pm - Lauren Graves - Orientation Theater - Capturing Your Love of Gardening Through Photography

In this inspiring discussion, Lauren Graves will share stories of Light and Love and Spirit and Grace, and ways to capture that with a camera. Specific topics covered will include: the use of natural light, basic editing techniques, and finding and enjoying your own garden story.

Alabama native Lauren Graves is an award-winning documentary photographer and the developer of the Perpetual Gardening Record Book. An avid gardener herself, Lauren has been photographing people and their gardens for more than 20 years, capturing the love that they feel for the earth. It was this love of the earth she felt from other gardeners, combined with her own love of gardening, that inspired Lauren to develop the Perpetual Gardening Record Book -- a simple, efficient and beautiful method for any level of gardener to keep track of all of the important details of their garden. Lauren has traveled the country both as a speaker and exhibitor at national events, including teaching a record-keeping workshop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and a photography workshop in his garden. See more of Lauren's work at: and


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