Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)

March SAPS Program


Beauty, Integrity & Resilience: 

Can a Garden Have Everything? 

with C. Colston Burrell 

Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. 

Kingsport Center for Higher Education 

300 W. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660 

Do our gardening practices have a negative impact on the environment? Can we make a difference by changing the way we approach design, plant choice, planting tech-niques and maintenance regimes? How do we meet our aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and ex-otic plants? These are a few of the questions to explore in terms of the hallmarks of sustainability when melding aes-thetic expectations with ecosystem form and function.

A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole Burrell is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. The au-thor of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the Amer-ican Horticulture Society Book Award. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with pro-fessional and amateur audiences for 40 years.

He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Resto-ration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Land-scape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gar-dening practices.

Cole has an M.S. in Horticulture from University of Maryland and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the UVa, where he teaches about plants and their ecological connections to natural systems and cultural landscapes. He gardens on 10 wild acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he grows natives and the best plants of the global garden. Cole’s garden Bird Hill has been featured in The New York Times and in other national and regional publications and is a popular destination for national tours.

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