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USC Upstate celebrated the 13th anniversary of the University's Arbor Day Celebration, which is held annually on South Carolina Arbor Day, the first Friday in December. This year’s presentations and luncheon were held at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics. Tickets are $30 each.
Our featured speaker this year was David Culp. He offered two presentations: “Layer Gardens” and a “Second Look at spring.” Culp also presented a bonus lecture titled “Trends in Horticulture" at the Sponsor Breakfast.
David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. David has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country
Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications.
He is a former contributing editor to
Horticulture magazine and served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is author of the book The Layered Garden published
by Timber Press An expert on, David is a herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
In 2013 The Layered Garden won the coveted
Best Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association.
He has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on snowdrops. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. Brandywine
Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. (See video of David's appearance on the
Martha Stewart Show (9:56))
He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He has also been awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Award of Merit. He serves on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Societies Gold Medal
Plant Selection Committee.
Ricky McAbee, President of Roebuck Wholesale Nursery, has declared Skinny Genes® Oak, Quercus robur x alba as the Noble Tree of the Year. We will be planting a Skinny Genes on Arbor Day Eve in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and in several other downtown locations.
The Layer Garden by David Culp: $35
I sat down at a table, there was one space left
And found myself with tree guys - both right & left
I love my color, what can I say
I plant a few perennials every day
But as I look around at all the beauty that I see
I'm not sure God made anything grander than a tree.
-Dr. Allan Armitage
Read more about our past Arbor Day speakers...
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Thank you to our sponsors:
Jane and Jim Bagwell
Jennifer and Rusty Washburn
USC Upstate Foundation
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