Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)


Kirk R. Brown

Award-Winning Designer, Speaker, and Dramatist
John Bartram, The King’s Gardener

Thursday, November 15

7 pm, Brown Hall Auditorium, ETSU Campus
Co-sponsored by ETSU Botany Department

Spend an evening with John Bartram, horticulturist, explorer, and royal botanist to King George III in the new world as Kirk R. Brown portrays the life and times of the colonial-era
plantsman, called “the father of American Botany.” Dressed in a waistcoat, stylish breeches, and buckled shoes, Bartram will welcome you with the horticultural history of
America as he began it in Philadelphia and Penn’s Woods.

John Bartram’s story starts at the very beginning of the international world of
plant discovery and identification, and Brown will regale us with stories of Bartram’s
plant collection adventures in the new American colonies, sharing his finds with Karl
Linnaeus and other European botanists, his friendships with Benjamin Franklin,
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who found his garden a source of inquiry
and pleasure, and his opinions of the importance of the natural world. Bartram’s humor, his passion and his achievements will entertain and inspire as he shares his hope for the future of the earth and the men who inhabit it.
With a background in theater Kirk R. Brown took up his personifications of John Bartram and landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead at the Perennial Plant Alliance annual meeting in Philadelphia in 2008. He has gone on to present his alter egos to numerous other organizations.
Brown is also a well-respected garden designer, keynote speaker, horticulturist, business lecturer and design class presenter. Kirk is the recent recipient of a Silver Award from Garden Writers Association: The Association for Garden Communicators in the first-ever category of Outstanding Garden Communicator: Live Performance. An earlier recipient of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association “Green Achiever” Award for advancing horticulture in Pennsylvania, Kirk served 20 years as business manager of award-winning Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc. and was recent President of GWA. He delivers more than 200 hours of lectures across the country to the green industry associations and other gardening groups as Bartram, Olmsted and himself on topics ranging from the story of Landscape Gardening in America to Landscape Design/Build Today and Building a Better Business.

Brown Hall Auditorium is
located on the first floor of
Brown Hall, 173 Sherrod Drive,
JC, 37614 (Building #3), across
from the Mini Dome. You may
park anywhere in the evening.
(No parking pass required.)

Upcoming Events:

October 31, November 7, 14
Principles of Ecological Gardening Part One: a
3-week class. 1-4 pm. NC Arboretum, Asheville.
Ecological gardening is a way of thinking about
landscapes in which gardens are no longer seen as a
collection of plants, but a community with complex
interdependencies between plants, soils, environment,
and animals. $88 Member/$98 Non. 828-665-2492


November 8

Herb Saplings meeting. 7 pm at Exchange Place. Chef
Nathan Brand will discuss “The Early Spices of
Appalachia” and the role each plays in defining the
flavor and identity of Appalachian cuisine. Please bring
an herb snack to share if you have time.

November 10

Ole Time Yule. 1-3 pm. Roan Mountain State Park. An

old-fashioned holiday celebration at the Miller Farm-
stead. Step back in time and experience how Christmas

was celebrated years ago, with traditional music and
tasty treats. 423-772-0190.


November 11

Succulent Houseplant Success. 2-4 pm. UT Gardens,
Knoxville. 865-974-7151.

November 15

SAPS meeting. Kirk R. Brown, Horticulturist, lecturer
and reenactor – John Bartram, The King’s Gardener. 7
pm, Brown Hall Auditorium, ETSU Campus
November 16

Creative Fall Centerpieces. 5:30-7:30 pm. UT
Gardens, Knoxville. 865-974-7151. https://

November 16

Climate Resilient Fruit and Vegetable Gardening. 1-4
pm. NC Arboretum, Asheville. 828-665-2492.
November 27-28

Wreathmaking Workshop. 10 am – 2 pm. NC Arbore-
tum, Asheville. $78 member/$88 non-members.828-


December 1

Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place, 4812
Orebank Rd. Kingsport, 10 am – 4:00 pm. 423-288-
December 1

Wreath Workshop. 10 am – 12 noon. Natural Tunnel
State Park. Scott County Master Gardeners will guide
you in creating your own holiday wreath with fresh

greenery and other materials inspired by Mother Na-
ture. Workshop fee is $15 per wreath and includes step-
by-step instructions, wreath frame, and greenery. Space

is limited. Pre-registration required. Call 276-940-1643
for reservations. Reservation deadline: November 28.


We are offering to members a few recommendations for anyone interested in garden tours and travel both within the United States and Overseas.  Members have travelled with each of these groups and feel confident in suggesting them to you.

Feel free to contact them and ask to be added to their contact list in order to be informed when they have trips available.  You may also want to google them for more information, as some have websites and/or Facebook pages.  Garden Tours and Travel  Troy will be announcing his 2019 tours on

August 1.  He has already posted a few hints on his Facebook page.

Ron and Linda Williams  or call them at 417-408-3880.

Dr. McDuffie, retired professor from Virginia Tech  He has already posted all his 2019 tours.  Take a look!

Jason Reeves, Horticulturist at UT Gardens in Jackson, TN .  Email him and ask to be added to his announcement list when he schedules a tour.

Dr. Sue Hamilton, Director of UT Gardens in Knoxville schedules garden tours almost every year.  Ask her to add you to the announcement list.  The announcements can usually be found on the UT Gardens Facebook and email announcements.

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