Kalmia Gardens hosts "Why Native Plants Matter In The Landscape" Symposium

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Hartsville, SC — Aug. 31, 2016 — Kalmia Gardens is excited to host "Why Native Plants Matter In The Landscape". This symposium will be held on the morning of October 1st and will feature:

  • Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Professor Emeritus of Botany at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, author of Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden. He will speak on "Why Native Plants Matter and How To Use Them In The Home Landscape."
  • Dr. Arlene Marturano from University of South Carolina's Center for Science Education will speak about “Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration."
  • Dr. Patricia G. Lincoln, Professor Emerita of Biology at Coker College, will speak on the topic, "Our Native Bees: Friends in Need.”

Morning sessions will be held at Elizabeth Boatwright Performing Arts Center of Coker College, followed by a box lunch picnic and private native plant sale for attendees at Kalmia Gardens of Coker College. The Gardens are located three miles from the college.

During the private plant sale, Dr. Larry Mellichamp will be available to answer questions, identify plant samples brought in from attendees' yards, and answer landscape questions for those who choose to bring a photo of their yard or a design drawing of their site. Dr. Mellichamp is a recently retired professor of botany and horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he taught for over 39 years and was also director of their 10-acre botanical gardens. He is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and is a popular speaker on many botanical topics. He has received several teaching awards, written many articles on plants and gardening, and published books The Winter Garden (1997, with Peter Loewer), Bizarre Botanicals (2010, with Paula Gross), and Native Plants of the Southeast (2014). He has botanized extensively in the eastern United States and around the world.

Contact: Mary Ridgeway, or 843-383-8145 for more information.

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.