2021 Southeastern Plant Symposium

and Rare Plant Auction

We are pleased to announce that we will hold the Third Annual Southeastern Plant Symposium online via a Zoom Conference on Saturday, June 12, 2021 – 10:00 am–5:00 pm. The symposium is a horticultural immersion event for plant lovers, keen gardeners, plant collectors, botanic garden staff, and green industry members.  

Register here!

This will still follow the fast-paced, plant-centric symposium format with six of our best speakers! Due to the online format, we reduced the cost of attendance to $75, so we hope you can join us. We were hoping to hold the symposium in person in 2021, but we are looking forward to holding it in person in 2022 (TBD early 2022)!

We will also still be holding our Rare Plant Auction via ClickBid, an online-only auction platform (link will be sent out prior to the event). Auction opens June 3 at 3:00 PM EDT and closes on June 12 at 5:00 PM. You will need a credit card to register for the auction.

All proceeds from the symposium go to fund the operations/operational endowments of the sponsoring organizations.

Scheduled Presentations: Talks will all be recorded and available to all registrants after the day of the symposium.

  • "Around the World in 80 Plants: An Edimental Perennial Adventure" Stephen Barstow, Author
  • "The U.S. National Arboretum: Helping Improve the Gardens of Today and Tomorrow" Kevin Conrad, U.S. National Arboretum
  • "Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way" Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter
  • "My Journey with Plants, Plant Breeding, Evaluation, and Gardening" Hans Hansen, Walters Gardens
  • "Plant Breeding at the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab" Irene Palmer, Mountain Crop Improvement Lab, NC State University
  • "Native Orchid Conservation Efforts at Longwood Gardens" Peter Zale, Ph.D., Longwood Gardens
  • Event Details

  • Cost: $75.00
  • Registration: Advance registration is required. Online registration is considered complete when payment is received.
  • Location: Online via Zoom. Instructions will be provided by e-mail.
  • Questions: For more information or if you have any questions, please email Amanda Wilkins