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Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

A Fresh Perspective: Inspiration for your Global Garden

Cameron Rickett - Achieving its Potential, a Look at What Makes a Superior Tree
Kate White "Designing your Garden for all Seasons"
Kirk Brown "The World of Horticulture in Magnolia’s History"
Natalie Carmolli "Honey Who Shrunk the Shrubs?  Cool Compact Shrubs for Tight Spaces"
Karl Gercens "Foliage is Forever, Flowers are Fleeting"


Cameron Ricket

9:00am - Cameron Rickett
Topic: Achieving its Potential, a Look at What Makes a Superior Tree
Cameron Rickett has been an ISA Certified Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts in Charleston, SC for over 10 years. He has spent time as a Climber, Plant Health Care Specialist, and Arborist Representative. Cameron has done extensive work involving tree structural support systems, insect and disease management in woody plants, and developing soil care programs for trees and shrubs of the landscape. He sits on the Advisory Committee for Trident Technical College's Horticulture Department, and is an active member in Trees SC, South Carolina's state tree organization.


10:00am - Kate White
Topic: Designing your Garden for all Seasonsl

Kate White is the Assistant Horticulturist at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.  In addition to her horticultural responsibilities, Kate opened the retail Gilliard Garden Center in April of 2017 and manages the inventory and staffing for the center.  Kate also manages the 200+ volunteer contingent at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.


11:00am - Kirk Brown
Topic: The World of Horticulture in Magnolia’s History

More than 2,000 years of Ornamental Horticulture is reflected in the gardens unique collection of plants, family history, and public access. Fasten your seat belts for a fast-paced hour of incredible stories.

Kirk R. Brown, nationally recognized green industry speaker, is known for his interpretations of John Bartram and Fredrick Law Olmsted. He is the former President of the Garden Writers Association (now GardenComm), and is the current National Outreach Coordinator for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.


Natalie Carmolli

2:00pm - Natalie Carmolli
Topic: Honey Who Shrunk the Shrubs? Cool, Compact Shrubs for Tight Spaces

As living areas become more compact, the competition for garden space can become a fierce one! Choosing plants that will grow with your garden, but not overtake it, is an essential part of making a beautiful outdoor retreat that works for you, instead of the other way around. Whether you are designing your plot from scratch, or pondering some new additions to your already established outside spaces, learn how new, compact cultivars of some of your favorite shrubs can have you rethinking their garden roles.

Natalie is rooted in horticulture. When she was 6-years old her family moved to a farmhouse on 40 acres in mid-Michigan. This house was unique in that it had a full-sized glass greenhouse in the side yard – so of course her mother started a small seasonal business selling spring bedding plants, which quickly turned into a full service flower shop. Natalie grew up working in that shop - learning floral design and customer service; skills she'd take with her to college where she continued in the floral industry as she earned her degree in theatrical performance. So how does one combine a theatre degree and a lifetime immersed in horticulture? Now marketing specialist for Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs, Natalie can tell you that the communication skills she has learned in the theatre help her to express herself clearly and more confidently when talking to large groups about one of her favorite subjects...gardening.


Karl Gercens

3:00pm - Karl Gercens
Topic: Foliage is Forever, Flowers are Fleeting

Karl Gercens' passion for horticulture started at an early age while growing-up on a 10,000 acre cotton plantation in Mississippi. Karl's experimentation with different plant types and growing methods in that region sparked an interest in new and dynamic exploration for cultivation, which ultimately led to his B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture at Mississippi State University. Karl then completed academic internships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and at the Filoli Estate in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Karl's resume includes professional, hands-on skills from world class organizations such as Longwood Gardens [Kennett Square, PA], The Filoli Estate [Woodside, CA], and Walt Disney World [Orlando, FL].

His notoriety for using a pallet of colored foliage trees, shrubs, and perennials continues to funnel the exciting content of his professional lectures given nationwide and his horticultural classes offered at Longwood Gardens. When Karl is not gardening, lecturing, or consulting, his horticultural passion extends worldwide with frequent visits to public and private gardens in all 50 states and more than 20 countries! While at those locations, he often takes vibrant and vivid digital photography, which he catalogues to share his experiences with others.


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