SAPS – Southern Appalachian Plant Society

Dr. Susan Hamilton Retired Director of the UT Gardens

“Don’t Overlook the Viburnums: Near Perfect Shrubs”

Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m.

This is a Zoom presentation.
SAPS members will be sent a link to join the meeting.

It is puzzling that viburnums tend to be unsung shrubs. Their showy, often fragrant spring flowers followed many times by spec- tacular berries and beautiful autumn foliage make them, in Dr. Sue’s view, a near perfect shrub. There truly is a viburnum for almost every landscape situation and for every season, but the genusViburnum is immense and choosing the right selections for your garden can be challenging. Dr Sue will guide us through some of her very favorite species and their cultivars and tell us why every landscape should have at least one!
Dr. Sue is a recently retired horticulture professor and director of the University of Tennessee (UT) Gardens, the State Botanical Gar- dens of Tennessee. For 37 years Dr. Sue taught ornamental horti- culture and advised students and was the founding director of UT’s Public Horticulture undergraduate and graduate program. She has co-authored the book “The Best Garden Plants for Tennessee and has been a contributor to various magazines including Fine Gar- dening, Tennessee Home, and Tennessee Gardener. During her tenure at UT, Dr. Sue co-hosted a weekly ‘Garden Talk’ radio show for 15 years, wrote a monthly gardening newspaper column for 7 years, and led several garden trips throughout the United States and Europe.

She is the recipient of several awards including the UTK Chancel- lor’s Honors Women of Achievement Award, UTIA William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service, UT CASNR W.S. Overton Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Development, Gamma Sig- ma Delta Teaching Award, and the Perennial Plant Association Ac- ademic Award. She is also an avid gardener and enjoys traveling to visit gardens, nurseries and garden centers.