August/September News and Programs

September 18 SAPS Meeting  

 Dr. David Michener, University of Michigan

Dr. David C. Michener is the Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, where he oversees collection development, renovation and related information management. He serves on the university’s Museum Studies Program’s steering committee and as a Faculty Associate in the Program in the Environment. 

David is an avid plantsman but gardening skipped a generation – all his grandparents were avid gardeners in southern Kansas who influenced him greatly. David has written several technical curatorial articles, two contributions to Flora North America, and in the popular press, is the co-author of Taylor’s Guide to Groundcovers (with Nan Sinton).

David has visited over 500 private or public gardens in every continent where they exist. A current research focus with our historic peony collection is tracing the origin and relationships of Paeonia lactiflora cultivars with DNA evidence; he first saw wild peonies in the Russian Far East in the 1990s while working on a very different project.

His doctorate in botany is from the Claremont Graduate School and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; his undergraduate degree is in botany with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

He’s been in denial of having caught the peony bug, lest confessing means he’ll convert his personal garden entirely to peonies – and there isn’t enough time for that before the next garden tour season!

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. Both programs will be at the Johnson City Power Board Auditorium in Boone’s Creek (on Hwy 354.) The evening program is free and the public is invited. The afternoon program is free for SAPS members and $5 for non members.

Upcoming MG  Event: Bees and Other Pollinators  September 23

Photographs from Homegrown Tomato Fest X

Tomato Fest Results

Prize winning Salsa Recipes

New! Kingsport Pepper Fest

March SAPS Program: See Slideshow from February’s Program by R. Allen Straw Better Vegetable Varieties for Northeast TN/SW Virginia Gardeners

Herbs 101 Presentation