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Mark Weathington

Director, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina

A self-professed plant geek, Mark Weathington’s passion for plants is evident in his writings and lectures where his humor, knowledge, and joy are defining elements. Mark currently serves as the Director of the renowned JC Raulston Arboretum (JCRA) at NC State University. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Horticulture along with a degree in Sociology from VA Tech has helped Mark understand the very real impact that plants and gardening have on people’s lives and led him to a career in public horticulture. His tenure in the botanical garden world includes stints as a horticulturist for the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Director of Horticulture for the Norfolk Botanical Garden. As a devotee of “low input” gardening, Mark searches for ornamental plants that provide beauty and utility to the garden without needing a surplus of time, energy, or chemicals to grow and thrive. He spreads the word about these great plants in dozens of lectures a year, articles in most major gardening magazines and a weekly newspaper column. Recent work includes the revised Propagation Guide to Woody Plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum, and Gardening in the South, the Complete Homeowner’s Guide, to be released by Timber Press in May, 2017. Mark’s personal motto, “Life is too short for boring plants”, has inspired his search for superior plants around the world including the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Mexico, Ecuador, and New Zealand as well as throughout much of North America.

Living Art: Planting for Architectural Interest

Specimen plants are usually selected for their flowers and foliage but form is often overlooked. Plants with extraordinary architecture add year-round interest to the landscape and provide a sculptural element that transforms a good garden to a great one. Whether working with a plant’s natural form or imposing your will to create living walls and sculpture, this seminar will help you get the most impact from the plants in your garden.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room