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April 18- SAPS meeting – Bryce Lane: “The Joy of Gardening: The Power of Plants to Change Your Point of View

Gardening is a wonderful craft that, if we pay attention, changes the way we look at many aspects of life. The power of plants teaches us so much about time, history, art, career, patience and so much more. Come see an informative, entertaining, and inspiring talk about how gardening changes our lives!

Bryce Lane discovered his passion for plants, and telling others about them working at a small Massachusetts garden center through high school and college. After earning his BS in Plant Science at the University of Massachusetts and MS in Ornamental Horticulture at The Ohio State University, he came to the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as a Lecturer in 1981. Bryce also served as the department’s Undergraduate Coordinator from 1987 – 2014. He spent 34 years teaching and advising over 25,000 students. He was the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards. Bryce retired in 2014 but still teaches part-time in the department.

From 2003- 2014 Bryce hosted and produced a three-time Emmy winning, UNC TV public television show called “In the Garden With Bryce Lane.” The show focused on all things home gardening and served all levels of gardeners.

He now spends his time giving horticulture talks, doing leadership and communication training, and teaching part-time at NC State and at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. He has worked closely for years with North Carolina Extension and the NC Nursery and Landscape Association. An avid gardener, Bryce has gardened on the same one quarter acre plot for 40 years. He and his wife of 46 years also spend plenty of time with their 6 grandchildren!

Other gardening events in the area may be found on the events tab in the menu above or click here.


Don’t forget to renew your SAPS membership for 2024!  Click here to for information to renew.

We have an updated vendor list!  New vendors have been added where we can get a 10% discount.  Click here to see the updated list.

 SAPS Survey

Thanks to those that participated in our survey!!   See the results from the 118 members that responded to the December 2023 survey.  We  asked for their top 3 preferences for SAPS meeting topics for in 2025, suggestions for other topics, and possible speakers.

See the results of our survey here.

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