Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)

November/December SAPS Meeting 

Troy B. Marden 


Plantsman, garden designer, author and host of “Volunteer Gardener” 

Thursday, November 16 

At Wits End: A Collector’s Story of the Trials and Tribulations while Establishing His Personal Garden 7 pm 

Bonus program for SAPS members only: Great Gardens of the World 4 pm 

Johnson City Power Board Auditorium

2600 Boones Creek Rd (Hwy 354), Johnson City

Wits’ End, A Collector’s Garden is the stor y of the cr ea-tion and development of Troy’s personal garden over the past 9 years. When he moved to the current property, the bones of a garden existed, but it had gone through several years of neglect. It took nearly two years just to get the garden back to a point where planting could take place. From then, the garden has con-tinued to develop and change with his changing lifestyle. Now, as he enters full time into the travel business, he is looking toward lower maintenance options and redesigning the garden with plants that will survive with minimal care.

Great Gardens of the World. For mor e than 20 year s, Troy has traveled and visited gardens all over the world. From the smallest mountaintop gardens of Italy and France to the grandest country estates of England and the jawdropping beauty in the gardens of New Zealand, there is inspiration and beauty to be found everywhere. Join Troy on a trip around the world to just a few of the gardens he has found the most beautiful and inspiring!

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Troy Marden is a true Renaissance man in the world of horticulture and design. An award-winning garden and floral designer with a passion for plants, Troy’s career began as a teenager working in a retail nursery and garden center near his hometown in north central Kansas. His college years found him focusing heavily on greenhouse management and production, eventually leading to internships at Callaway Gardens and Longwood Gardens. For the past 20 years, Troy has called Nashville home and has con-tinued to grow his business and his brand by venturing into the worlds of garden and floral design, special events, garden photography, writing, public speaking and television. He is watched each week by tens of thousands of viewers across the state of Tennessee on Nashville Public Television’s hit garden-ing show Volunteer Gardener and his gardens, floral design, writing and photography have appeared in both regional and national gardening magazines, including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Southern Living, and Tennessee Gardener among others. He is a popular lecturer, known for his engaging style and his ability to connect with gardeners of every skill level and he has addressed groups on the topic of gardening from Boston to Portland and from Montreal to Miami. Always looking for new opportunities, he leads garden tours both at home and abroad.

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