Plants that are familiar in Georgia's landscapes and on our dinner table and the plants we use for medicine come from all over the world. Embark on a day-long plant exploration at Plants from Around the World in our Everyday Lives: Ornamentals, Foods, Drinks & Medicines.
Learn from several experts about plants that have come here from Mexico and the desert Southwest, the Mediterranean, Africa, and China. Knowing more about the origins of these plants helps us to understand the best growing conditions for them to thrive in our gardens and to choose the best plants for specific growing conditions. This symposium will also include a talk about important drinks of the world: coffee, chocolate and tea, and how these crops affect environments, cultures and songbirds.
After hearing about plants from throughout the world, participants are invited to stretch their legs and follow International Garden Curator Billie Gotsch on a walking tour through the International Garden.
Jeannette Coplin, Director of Horticulture, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Anne Shenk, Director of Education, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
John Ruter, Allan Armitage Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia
Wilf Nicholls, Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Donglin Zhang, Michael Dirr Professor of Horitculture, University of Georgia
Billie Gotsch, International Garden Curator, State Botanical Garden of Georgia