Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)


Joe Lamp’l

Host of PBS’s Growing a Greener World

No-Till Gardening

Thursday, January 17, at 7 p.m. Kingsport Center for Higher Education 300 W. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660

Joe Lamp’l maintains, “If you love your soil, ditch the tiller!”Nationally known for his knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening and environmental stewardship, Joe will explain the problem with tilling and why no-till gardening is the best thing we can do to prepare and maintain an area for planting – resulting in improved soil and fewer weeds. He will also describe how to prepare a new plot using the no-till method.

As host of 3 national television shows, the author of several books (including The Green Gardeners Guide; simple significant actions to protect and preserve the planet), a syndicated newspaper column and with regular appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Weather Channel, Joe is one of the coun- try’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability. For the past nine years, has been the Creator, Executive Producer and Host of the award winning national PBS series, Growing a Greener World®. Prior to that, he hosted Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network as well as on-air contributor to The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Weather Channel. In 2011, Past awards include The American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison CommunicationAward, which recognizes effective and
inspirational communication—through print, radio, television, podcasts and
other online media and Best On-Air Talent for Television by the Garden Writers
Association. Joe is also the founder and“Joe” behind – a gar-
den-intensive site launching in spring 2017, dedicated to all things gardening
and horticulture through how-to videos, podcasts, articles and blog posts. When
he’s not working in his large, raised bed vegetable garden, he’s likely planting or
digging something up, or spending timewith his family on their organic farm,
just north of Atlanta, GA.


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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